What I’ve been reading……

For those of you who like British settings you might enjoy Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson.  The author was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex.  She graduated from the London School of Economics but now makes her home in the Washington, D.C. area.  The book reads like a Bristish sitcom, complete with a cast of characters both hilariously original and yet very familiar.  The main character, Major Pettigrew (and please be sure to call him “Major”) leads a quiet life in a small English village valuing proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea.  But then he begins a friendship with Mrs. Ali, the Pakastani shopkeeper from the village, and his world gets turned upside down.  One of my favorite comments from the Major comes when he is asked if he really understands what it means to be in love with an unsuitable woman and his response “Is there really any other kind?” 

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