The next meeting of the Central St. Matthew Daytime Book Club will be December 20th at 10 am at the home of Arlean Fermanis. Call Arlean at 504-289-7647 for directions.
For that meeting we will be reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. The book is available at both the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish libraries and on Amazon as Kindle or paperback.
We will be doing a cookie exchange at our meeting so bring a batch of your favorite cookies, so we can exchange them to share and take home for the holidays.
All are invited!!!
From the Amazon web site:
In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, 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 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 regarding her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?