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Publisher Description

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?

BONUS: This edition contains a Major Pettigrew's Last Stand discussion guide.

Fiction & Literature
March 2
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

LisaGG92 ,

Full of Humor & Humanity

What a quiet and charming book with great humor and humanity. This book is witty and sweet and snuck up on me. By the end I found myself not wanting to leave the residents of Edgecomb St. Mary.

Cupcake monster ,

Great read

I enjoyed these characters! Major Pettigrew, in particular, made me laugh out loud. I just finished reading the last chapter, and I feel content and satisfied. Thank you to the author for sharing your obvious pleasure in writing Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Not my usual style ... Read for book club. We have not met yet but I am looking forward to the discussion. The book started a bit slow but once I gave myself over to the story I really became engrossed and wanted to keep reading. It really is a beautiful story and is worth the time spent. Many lessons to be learned between the pages. Enjoy!

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