September's selection is an unusual choice for us: a romance novel. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson tells the story of an accidental encounter between Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) and Mrs. Jasmina Ali, a Pakistani shopkeeper. 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 will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?
Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali's home town of Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside, contains a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of readers' own families. Their interactions are both hilarious and heartbreaking.