I've never thought to do this before, but while I was reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I kept thinking of another book that didn't get anywhere near the attention but is every bit as deserving. If you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you really must read Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans.
Both books center around WWII, although Crooked Heart takes place in London around and during the time of the Blitz and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society tells the story of the occupation of Guernsey in the Channel Islands during WWII but is told upon reflection and the main character is a writer whose story unfolds in a series of letters.
Crooked Heart is about a little boy and the con woman who takes him in and how he softens her, over time. She is a horrid character, at least at first. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel . . . ugh, let's just call it "Guernsey Literary". . . is about a community as much as it's about the protagonist.
Both books contain a marvelous blend of humor with some very serious war scenes. Neither takes WWII lightly, and yet they both manage to be entertaining and light-hearted, in spite of the heartbreak of war.
I'm getting set to reread Crooked Heart for F2F discussion, soon. It's by far one of the most memorable books I've read in the past 5 years (released in 2015) and I can't wait to reread it.
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