Saturday, July 10, 2010

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Relations. Helen Simonson’s debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is the quintessential summer book. A reader need only sit back, relax, and allow the full cast of characters to become real and endearing. Simonson draws out all the tension of multiple relationships, especially those within families involving expectations, assumptions, and cultural norms. Set in an English village, Edgecombe St. Mary, there’s also a motif about class that highlights societal ways of inclusion and exclusion. Simonson packs a lot in less than 400 pages, and time flew by as I relaxed and became immersed in a gentle and well-told story.

Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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