Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Preview: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – A Novel by Helen Simonson

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(US cover/UK cover/Canadian cover)

Amazon Book Stats:

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400068932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400068937
  • Genre: General Fiction
  • Amazon Book Info:

    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?

    2995577 Author Bio:

    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 with an MFA from Stony Brook Southampton, she is a former travel advertising executive who 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.

    To find out more information contact the author on Goodreads and at the book’s website.

    Amazon purchasing links are as follows US/UK/CanadaBook Depository link in Euros.

    Book received for promotion from Shelf Awareness.

    2 comments:

    ELIZABETH said...

    Sounds like fun
    My library has it on order and I've reserved it.

    Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

    Elizabeth -
    I thought we lost you! Great to hear from you. :)

    Well I would venture to say that you will probably read it before I do.

    Hope your well!

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