Review: Mary Ann Schaffer’s “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society”

by writereaderly

AL recommended this in a letter just as it was suggested for Bookclub, and serendipity declared that it should be so. It’s just come up for this month’s Bookclub, and I got it in my hot little hand on Monday – the perfect book for winding down after a tedious assignment. It was fab: absorbing, light and rich at the same time, laugh-out-loud funny, quirky personages and the odd naff/improbably plot device (“Quick, we need a romantic hero! That one over there, get’im!”), but hell, a great book, literary and entertaining and at least a bit nuanced about WWII. Well, a little bit. The Germans aren’t all bad.

Interesting backstory, too, which I imagine was made much of when this book came out: 70 year old librarian’s first novel, taken up by her novelist niece “for the final edit” when Auntie got sick but had already sold the book, unfortunately Auntie died before it went to print. Some editions list both Auntie and Niece as co-authors. Just the kind of heart-warming story that sells a heart-warming book.

Which it is. Heart-warming, I mean. You should read it, it’s great.

Where it came from: Library via Bookclub and a recommendation from AL
Time taken to read: Three hours straight post-assignment
Where it went to: A new Bookclub member
Reminds me of: “Five Quarters of the Orange” by Joanne Harris, also damned good, better than her “Chocolat”
Who I’d recommend it to: Any reader needing a bit of lightness and lurv
Also reading: “The Heart of the Matter” by Graham Greene; “The Blind Eye” by Georgia Blain; “Cold Comfort Farm” by Stella Gibbons; “Gertrude” by Hermann Hesse; “The Mountain” by Kate Llewellyn

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