We’ve been hearing great things about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, the debut novel of Helen Simonson. It follows the retired Major Ernest Pettigrew, living out his autumn years in the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary (oh those English). When Ernie’s brother dies, the Major (for reasons not discussed in the jacket copy) finds himself spending a great deal of time with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper. They talk about books, they fall in love. Can their relationship withstand the repressive forces of pastoral England? Only Helen Simonson can tell you, though she probably won’t be giving away the ending when she appears at Vroman’s this Thursday.
Helen Simonson discusses and signs Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
Thursday, January 27, 7 p.m.
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena