Book Club Kit: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Helen Simonson - Major Pettigrew's Last StandMajor Pettigrew’s Last Stand
by Helen Simonson
First Published: 2010
10 Copies & Reading Guide

Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until 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 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?

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes a Book Summary, Author Bio, Book Reviews, and Discussion Questions

The Christian Science Monitor – “Classic Review” by Yvonne Zipp
The New York Times – “Blending Tea and Hearts” by Janet Maslin and “Virtual Village” by Alexander McCall Smith
The Washington Post – “Book Review” by Ron Charles
O, The Oprah Magazine – “It’s Never Too Late” by Sara Nelson
USA Today – “Simonson’s Major Pettigrew could be just your cup of tea” by Elysa Gardner

On the Web:
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass

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