Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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Random House Trade
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5.24 X 8.0 X 0.85 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
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.
"[A] beautiful little love story, which is told with skill and humor."--The 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. . . . It's all about intelligence, heart, dignity and backbone. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand has them all."--The New York Times

"Delightful . . . Lots of books try to evoke Jane Austen . . . but Simonson nails the genteel British comedy of manners with elegant aplomb."--The Christian Science Monitor

"Thoroughly charming . . . With her crisp wit and gentle insight, Simonson . . . knows just what delicious disruption romance can introduce to a well-settled life."--The Washington Post

"There's more than a bit of Romeo and Juliet here . . . Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali are worthy of our respect, and it is a great pleasure to spend time with them."--Los Angeles Times

"Marvelous . . . graceful, funny, perceptive, and satisfying."--The Boston Globe

"A comforting and intelligent debut, a modern-day story of love that takes everyone--grown children, villagers, and the main participants--by surprise, as real love stories tend to do."--Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge

"[Helen] Simonson invests her grown-up love story with . . . warmth and charm."--USA Today

"A wise comedy . . . about the unexpected miracle of later-life love . . . The beauty of this engaging book is in the characters."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"With courting curmudgeons, wayward sons, religion, race, and real estate in a petty and picturesque English village, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is surprisingly, wonderfully romantic and fresh . . . the best first novel I've read in a long, long time."--Cathleen Schine, author of The Love Letter

"Endlessly entertaining."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Playful yet affecting . . . If you miss the Jeeves novels of P. G. Wodehouse--and don't mind having your emotional buttons pushed--Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is the book for you."--Buffalo News

"Irresistibly delightful."--Library Journal (starred review)