July 26, 2012 · 6:30 PM
The Screen Door
For July we will be reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson.
In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, 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 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 regarding her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?
We will meet in the bookstore at the Screen Door beginning at 630pm. Let's plan 30 minutes for socializing before sitting down to discuss the book. There will be light snacks and beverages provided. There will be a charge of $2 per person to cover the cost of the refreshments. The fee will be collected at the door.