New York : Random House, c2010
358 p. ; 25 cm ISBN/ISSN:
9781400068937 (acid-free paper), 9780812981223 (pbk.), 1400068932 (acid-free paper), Language:
Also published: New York : ǂb Random House, 2011 368 p.
Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until 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 will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?
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Twelve of us met at the Senior Center for a discussion of this title- and we all enjoyed the book and our conversation quite a bit! A great modern novel- as light as an English triffle to consume, but it leaves you with a sweeping understanding of large parts of modern English culture- including some of the social tensions they are facing now. Try it- I think you'll like it. I sure did. One of the most enjoyable 'literary' novels I've run across recently. (With some classic humor. I need to memorize a couple of these lines.)
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