Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, on tour January/February 2011

Posted By on November 3, 2010

About Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

• Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (November 30, 2010)

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?

About Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex. A graduate of the London School of Economics and former travel advertising executive, she has lived in America for the last two decades. A longtime resident of Brooklyn, she now lives with her husband and two sons in the Washington, D.C., area. This is her first novel.

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Helen’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Tuesday, January 4th: Colloquium

Wednesday, January 5th: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Thursday, January 6th: Lit and Life

Friday, January 7th: BookNAround

Monday, January 10th: Book Reviews by Molly

Tuesday, January 11th: Scraps of Life

Thursday, January 13th: The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader

Monday, January 17th: Rundpinne

Thursday, January 20th: In the Next Room

Tuesday, January 25th: Dolce Bellezza

Friday, January 28th: Jenny Loves to Read

Monday, January 31st: Novel Whore

Tuesday, February 1st: Debbie’s Book Bag

Wednesday, February 2nd: The Brain Lair

Thursday, February 3rd: Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, February 9th: 1330v

Tuesday, February 15th: Mabel’s House

Wednesday, February 16th: A Certain Bent Appeal

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