"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" is a historical novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The book was published in 2008 and gained significant popularity among readers worldwide.
It is set in the aftermath of World War II and tells the story of a writer named Juliet Ashton, who forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel.
The novel is primarily an epistolary novel, meaning it is composed of letters exchanged between the characters. Juliet Ashton, a successful London writer, receives a letter from a man named Dawsey Adams, who is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Intrigued by the unusual name, Juliet begins corresponding with Dawsey and learns about the society and its members.
The society was formed on Guernsey Island during the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. To escape a curfew violation, a group of Guernsey residents had gathered and formed a literary society as a cover. They would meet to discuss books and share their love of literature, using a creative excuse involving a potato peel pie to mislead the German officers.
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" explores themes of friendship, resilience, the power of literature, and the impact of war on individuals and communities. The novel received critical acclaim for its engaging storytelling, memorable characters, and its ability to depict the strength and humanity that can arise from even the most challenging circumstances. In 2018, the book was adapted into a film, further popularizing the story and reaching a broader audience.