Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson

One of my favorite books from this year.  The story of an unlikely friendship between retired Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper, in rural England.  They are brought together by a shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses – first, with friendship, and then perhaps moving toward something more. Although the Major was actually born in Lahore, and Mrs. Ali was born in Cambridge, he is treated as the local, while she is seen as the foreigner.  A wonderful and heartwarming book. (submitted by SB)

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