The Oxmoor Page Turners: "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand " by Helen Simonson

06/11/2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join us as we explore Helen Simonson’s delightful debut Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.  Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing,the retired Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then 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 spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and regarding her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?