Author(s): Helen Simonson
Major Ernest Pettigrew is perfectly content to lead a quiet life in the sleepy village of Edgecombe St Mary, away from the meddling of the locals and his overbearing son. But when his brother dies, the Major finds himself seeking companionship with the village shopkeeper, Mrs Ali. Drawn together by a love of books and the loss of their partners, they are soon forced to contend with irate relatives and gossiping villagers. The perfect gentleman, but the most unlikely hero, the Major must ask himself what matters most: family obligation, tradition or love? Funny, comforting and heart-warming, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand proves that sometimes, against all odds, life does give you a second chance.
Helen Simonson is an Englishwoman who spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex, near Rye. She moved to the US over twenty years ago and lives in the Washington, DC, area, with her American husband and her two sons. A graduate of the London School of Economics and former travel advertising executive, she recently completed an MFA at Stony Brook Southampton and her short stories and essays have appeared in several publications. This is her first novel.