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Publisher Comments:

In the noisy world of today it is a delight to find a novel that dares to assert itself quietly with the lovely rhythm of Helen Simonson's funny, comforting, and intelligent first novel--a modern day story of love which takes everyone, grown children, villagers, and the main participants, by surprise--as real love stories tend to do. --Elizabeth Strout

I love this book. Courting curmudgeons, wayward sons, religion and race and real-estate in a petty and picturesque English village-Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is surprisingly, wonderfully romantic and fresh. Unsentimental, intelligent and warm, this endlessly amusing comedy of manners is the best first novel I've read in a long, long time. --Cathleen Schine, author of The Love Letter and The New Yorkers

This irresistibly delightful, thoughtful, and utterly charming and surprising novel reads like the work of a seasoned pro. In fact, it is Simonson's debut. One cannot wait to see what she does next.--Library Journal, starred review

The real pleasure of this book derives . . . from its beautiful little love story, which is told with skill and humor. . . . That love can overcome cultural barriers is no new theme, but it is presented here with great sensitivity and delicacy. . . . As for happy endings, the book] deserves all available prizes.-New York Times Book Review

Funny, barbed, delightfully winsome storytelling... As with the polished work of Alexander McCall Smith, there is never a dull moment but never a discordant note either... the book's] main characters are especially well drawn, and Ms. Simonson makes them as admirable as they are entertaining...It's all about intelligence, heart, dignity and backbone. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand has them all. - New York Times

When depicted by the right storyteller, the thrill of falling in love is funnier and sweeter at 60 than at 16...With her crisp wit and gentle insight, Simonson is still far from her golden years...but somehow in her first novel she already knows just what delicious disruption romance can introduce to a well-settled life. -Washington Post

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Synopsis:

Forced to confront the realities of life in the 21st century when he falls in love with widowed Pakistani descendant Mrs. Ali, a retired Major Pettigrew finds the relationship challenged by local prejudices that view Mrs. Ali, a Cambridge native, as a perpetual foreigner. 75,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588369659
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Simonson, Helen
Author:
Helen Simonson
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Debut Fiction
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-DEBUT FICT
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100302
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
358

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Product details 358 pages Random House - English 9781588369659 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Forced to confront the realities of life in the 21st century when he falls in love with widowed Pakistani descendant Mrs. Ali, a retired Major Pettigrew finds the relationship challenged by local prejudices that view Mrs. Ali, a Cambridge native, as a perpetual foreigner. 75,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , 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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