Friday, August 12, 2011

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Last night, I joined a few other women of the GPL book club at the Red Papaya restaurant in downtown Guelph. We gathered to eat and enjoy Thai food and discuss Helen Simonson's novel, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.

It was unanimous--we all enjoyed the book.

It is a well-written debut novel based in Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside. Retired Major Pettigrew strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani village shopkeeper. Brought together by a shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali fall in love. They encounter  a number of subtle and not-so-subtle racist attitudes among their friends and relatives.

I agree with one of the reviews that described the Major as "the perfect romantic hero for thinking women of a certain age."

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