For July, our Books Alive Discussion Group is reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. This is the author’s first novel. Her desire to write was inspired by her childhood home in the countryside of England, which was also home to such literary greats as Henry James, Rudyard Kipling and Virginia Woolf.
Helen Simonson penned a love story between Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali that is rich in humor, keeping the reader entertained throughout. Underlying the story are solid insights on many issues, including culture, race, age, religion, the generation gap and more. If you love British novels, this is for you.
Enjoy an excerpt from this winning novel, then stop by the library to start reading today!
“’You are a wise man, Major, and I will consider your advice with great care–and humility.’ He finished his tea and rose from the table to go to his room. ‘But I must ask you, do you really understand what it means to be in love with an unsuitable woman?’
‘My dear boy,’ said the Major. ‘Is there really any other kind?’”
― Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand