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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
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Dec 29, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: book-club-appeal, england, families, romantic-elements, small-towns
Read in December, 2011

Charming story about a very proper retired British major living in a manor in a small village in England who falls for a local Pakistani-British shopkeeper. They both have relatively recently lost their spouses, and have a shared love of classic literature and dry senses of humor. However the local prejudices of the townspeople and discouragement of their respective families cause impediments. I thought this would be somewhat deeper than it was, it's pretty light and some of the prejudice and other aspects are a bit rote and predictable, but the dry humor and small-town-life aspects are engaging. It would make a decent book club pick, you could talk about the more subtle prejudices, the class aspects, the characterizations of the crass Americans, the relationships and expectations between aging family members and younger and cultural differences about it, and more.

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