Wednesday with Words – Potato Peel Pie

Last night, I turned the last page of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Marry Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

“I was walking back to Jane in the hospital, when I recalled something Eli had once said to me. He was about five years old, and we were walking down to la Courbiere to see the fishing boats come in.   There was an old canvas bathing shoe left lying right in the middle of the path. Eli walked around it, staring. Finally, he said, ‘That shoe is all alone, Grandpa.’ I answered that yes it was. He looked at it some more, and then we walked on by. After a bit, he said, ‘Grandpa, that’s something I never am.’ I asked him, ‘What’s that?’ And he said, ‘Lonesome in my spirits.'”

p-124 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


This book took me by surprise. Written in the unique style of written correspondence between an author in London and residents of Guernsey shortly after World War II has ended. Quickly I was drawn to the people and the stories they had to share. Easily flowing from laughter to pain, you quickly see a picture of life during and after the war. The devastation and horror…the smiles and joy in the simplest of things.

So glad I had this on my to read list for the year.

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