Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 2, 2010 - Fiction - 358 pages
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BONUS: This edition contains a Major Pettigrew's Last Stand discussion guide.

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart.


The Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?
  

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User Review  - Clif Hostetler - Goodreads

This is the best novel I've read this year and may be destined to make my top ten list. The well designed plot is pulled together with carefully crafted writing. I'm embarrassed to be so enthusiastic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lilian - Goodreads

For several days, I was completely absorbed in this novel. It's one of my favourite kinds of stories: a love story between older people. And it's nearly perfect. Major Pettigrew, the widowed ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Helen Simonson was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex. A graduate of the London School of Economics and former travel advertising executive, she has lived in America for the last two decades. A longtime resident of Brooklyn, she now lives with her husband and two sons in the Washington, D.C., area. This is her first novel.


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