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Book Club Questions for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Book Club Questions for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a love letter to books. The following book club questions will have spoilers so if you haven’t read the novel yet, read my preview and review first.

Sometimes you read a book that just makes you smile. And that’s completely the case with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It’s just a lovely story about how books can serve as a bond and can bring comfort in the darkest of times. The story is about a London writer bonding with the colorful residents of Guernsey as she learns about the book club they formed during the WWII German occupation.

Let’s get into the book club questions.

  • First, what did you think about the style of a novel composed entirely of letters? Did you find it easy or difficult to read? Did this change as the book went on?
  • Why do you think the authors decided the book should be written this way? Do you believe it served the story well?
  • We find out that Juliet does not have a family but has found a second one of sorts in Sidney and Sophie. Why do you think the three of them are so close?
  • What was your impressions of Guernsey? Would you ever visit? Why do you think the authors decided to set the novel there?
  • Reading books bond people. Let’s talk about how it bonded people in this novel as well as in real life.
  • What did you think of Dawsey? Did you know right away that him and Juliet would have a love story?
  • While there’s plenty of lighthearted elements to this book, it also covers the horrors of war, specifically the German occupation during WWII. We found out many of these stories in letter form written to Juliet. How did reading about these experiences in letter form add more context to those events?
  • In what ways are Elizabeth and Juliet kindred spirits?
  • Have you watched the Netflix movie? How did it compare to the book?

Next on my TBR (to be read) list

Less by Andrew Sean Greer next on my list. Check out my preview here.

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