Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by by Helen Simonson

Mixed Media

In the very proper English town of Edgecombe St. Mary, retired Army major Ernest Pettigrew has problems. They include his social-climbing son, Roger; a valuable matched pair of Churchill shotguns; and the Major’s growing affection for Mrs. Ali, a Pakistani widow. Helen Simonson’s delightfully flawed characters struggle with rigid social conventions, their own prejudices, and their conflicting desires in ways that either make you want to cheer for them or slap them upside the head. You’ll be inextricably hooked from the opening scene of this quirky but old-fashioned novel. (Random House)

About the Author

Sandy Swartzentruber serves as the resource coordinator for Faith Formation Ministries and is a member of Sherman Street CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich.