Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Welcome and thank you for visiting my web site. While it was often a struggle to write this first novel, it was never hard to spend time in the company of Major Pettigrew. From the first time he opened the door to his home, Rose Lodge, he has always seemed to live and be real - and my biggest challenge has been not to let him down by failing to tell his story. I hope you enjoy meeting him too.

Helen Simonson

In the noisy world of today it is a delight to find a novel that dares to assert itself quietly with the lovely rhythm of Helen Simonson’s funny, comforting and intelligent debut...

—Elizabeth Strout,
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is now a New York Times Bestseller!
When Major Pettigrew, a retired British army major in a small English village, embarks on an unexpected friendship with the widowed Mrs. Ali, who runs the local shop, trouble erupts to disturb the bucolic serenity of the village and of the Major’s carefully regimented life.
As the Major and Mrs. Ali discover just how much they have in common, including an educated background and a shared love of books, they must struggle to understand what it means to belong and how far the obligations of family and tradition can be set aside for personal freedom. Meanwhile, the village itself, lost in its petty prejudices and traditions, may not see its own destruction coming.

 See Helen Simonson talk about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and read an excerpt.

"Major Pettigrew has it all,"
            - New York Times

"slow burning pleasure,"
            - Times of London

"delightful debut"
            - O Magazine

"Crisp wit and gentle insight"
            - Washington Post

"vastly enjoyable,"
            - Publishers Weekly

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