Tuesday Afternoon Book Club October Selection

The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club will meet Tuesday, October 20th at 2 pm. This month we’re discussing Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand“a wise comedy about the unexpected miracle of later-life love”. Helen Simonson’s debut novel  became an international bestseller when it was published in 2010.

About the book

When Major Pettigrew, a retired British army major in a small English village, embarks on an unexpected friendship with the widowed Mrs. Ali, who runs the local shop, trouble erupts to disturb the bucolic serenity of the village and of the Major’s carefully regimented life.

As the Major and Mrs. Ali discover just how much they have in common, including an educated background and a shared love of books, they must struggle to understand what it means to belong and how far the obligations of family and tradition can be set aside for personal freedom. Meanwhile, the village itself, lost in its petty prejudices and traditions, may not see its own destruction coming.

“Thoroughly charming . . . With her crisp wit and gentle insight, Simonson . . . knows just what delicious disruption romance can introduce to a well-settled life.”—The Washington Post

Helen Simonson talks about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (video)

About the author

Sussex, England: The setting of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Book review by Alexander McCall Smith (NY Times)