The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
It’s 1946 and Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.
Film to be released in April 2018.
Thought provoking questions – what do you think?
- What were your first impressions of Dawsey? How is he different from the other men in Juliet’s life?
- Whose lives are changed the most by their membership in the society?
- In what ways are Juliet and Elizabeth kindred spirits? What does Elizabeth’s spontaneous invention of the Society say about her approach to life? What does her bravery reveal about it?
- How does Remy’s presence enhance the lives of those on Guernsey? Through her survival, what recollections, hopes, and lessons are preserved?
- Which member of the Society was your favourite? Whose literary opinions are most like your own? Do you agree with Isola that “reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones”?
You can watch the trailer below.