When not hearing buzz about The Lace Reader, the other book everyone is talking about (and I am about to get my hands on) is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. This epistolary novel tells the story of a group of people who begin to call themselves "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" because they need an excuse for breaking the curfew set by the Germans occupying their island during WWII. Juliet Ashton is living in England as the war ends when she receives a letter from a member of the society who has found her address in one of her old books that has made its way to Guernsey. As their correspondence progresses, Juliet is drawn into an eccentric world of charming and funny people, from pig farmers to phrenologists, who are all lovers of literature.
I love epistolary novels, and whenever I hear about Guernsey I think of another novel of letters that I devoured, Helene Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road. This one sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it. It goes on sale next Tuesday, July 29th, and you can read an early excerpt here. Here is the reading group guide and here is what others (including book club favorite Elizabeth Gilbert) are saying about it.