March 2, 2010
March 2, 2010
Forced to confront the realities of life in the 21st century when he falls in love with widowed Pakistani descendant Mrs. Ali, a retired Major Pettigrew finds the relationship challenged by local prejudices that view Mrs. Ali, a Cambridge native, as a perpetual foreigner. Simultaneous.
In her debut novel, Helen Simonson immediately announces herself as a formidable writer of impeccable wit and social precision, as she introduces an unforgettable character in the rigorously English Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired). Although the refined Major Pettigrew is aware of the existence of Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani widow who runs the nearby convenience store, he would never have considered actually getting to know her until she catches him in an inopportune moment after he learns of his brother's death. The sad news serves as a fortuitous icebreaker for this odd couple, who soon find that they share a love of Rudyard Kipling and a resigned annoyance with their younger family members, who have no respect for literature or their elders. To his own confusion, Major Pettigrew is soon smitten with Mrs. Ali, but can he overcome a lifetime spent in the service of social propriety and benign discrimination in order to convince her of the veracity of his affections?
- Online Item #: 11924039
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-27-4462
- ISBN: 9780307712844
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported