Shaffer, Mary Ann & BARROWS, Annie. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
This moving epistolary novel starts in the winter of 1946, just after the end of WW II in a stark London, barely recovering. Plucky journalist Juliet Ashton, who spent the war in London writing a humor column for the Times to keep spirits up, is searching for a topic for a book. She finds one in a correspondence with a resident of Guernsey, an island off the coast of England that was occupied by the Germans and almost totally isolated for five years during the war. She decides to write about the occupation. She corresponds with many Guernsey residents, her editor and old friend, her American admirer, and other close friends; and when she visits Guernsey, we learn much about the horror and devastating effects of war. We also see how books and reading open worlds and friendship for many people. Beautifully performed by an outstandingly talented cast of readers who get all the many characters and accents just right. Charming perfection. Jean Palmer, KLIATT