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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

  • Jul 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.

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  • Melissa B.

    I enjoyed the book and the conversation.

    August 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    a lovely group, friendly, out-going, and lively conversation on the Major's last stand.

    thanks tiffany for organizing the event and for the ride home! i look forward to our next meeting.

    July 27, 2012

  • Katie L

    Oh I am so sorry.... I though the club was meeting at firestorm.... So I drove around downtown for 30 mins looking for a place to park... Because of bele chere and I got their and realized I was at the wrong place it was already 7.15 and I had paid $5 to park... So I didn't drive across town. I loved the book... Major Pettigrew reminds me of my former grand father in law and I adored him! I hope you all had a great discussion!

    July 26, 2012

  • Beth L

    I am a new member- and I am on the waitlist for this book. Please tell me how that works. Do I just show up and see if there's room?

    May 28, 2012

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