What I’m reading: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I just finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a novel by Mary Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The story, set in 1940s England, has a lightweight tone that seems a bit forced at times, but the book has a certain appeal. The structure presents a challenge. Because the story is a collection of letters written by the characters, all the action is narrated (described after the fact), rather than happening on the page. As a result, the story sometimes isn’t as dramatic as it could be.

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3 thoughts on “What I’m reading: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  1. Mike Porter says:

    I’m reading this year a list from Francine Prose’s book, “How to Read Like a Writer”. Currently reading a short story collection by Charles Baxter, “Believers”. I’m really enjoying his style. Before that read a collection of Harold Brodkey’s work and didn’t care for that near as much.

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