Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer Reading

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart.

The 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 respective 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 her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?

Doesn't it sound charming? So drum roll please...The Hospitable Book Club's Inaugural Summer Selection is Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson.
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Remember no rules, no pressure. Everyone is welcome! Let's have a great Summer! Ready,Set,Read!


red.neck chic said...

Okay - I'm off to the book store! LOL I LOVE to read!!! And this one sounds fun!!!

;-) robelyn

nannykim said...

Sounds like a fun book--will check my library. I just posted about two books I couldn't put down. It is on my nannykim blog ;-)

nannykim said...

Well, I am 12th on the list at the library!! SOOO It may be the end of the summer read for me!

myletterstoemily said...

hip hip hooray!

do we take the whole summer
or portion out chapters?

i can't wait to read this!

myletterstoemily said...

sorry, just read the no rules, etc...

Liz said...

This looks De-Lightful!!! I will join in this time!


Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Yeah! I'm going to request it right away from my library. :) Hope I'm able to join in this time.

Karen said...

Oh Yay! I need to go get this! It didn't show up in the iTunes store - so it looks like Im headed to Barnes and Noble tomorrow.
Hmmm . . . they are right next to Home Goods . . . Thanks Lisa!
:) Hugs! Karen

Stacey said...

Count me in. Posting about it now.

kanishk said...

Sounds like a fun book--will check my library.
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