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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (Reprint) (Paperback) by Helen Simonson

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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?
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?

From the Hardcover edition.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Author: Helen Simonson
Language: English
Street Date: November 30, 2010
TCIN: 12912160
UPC: 9780812981223
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1145
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