Breaking the Rules

major_cover_image_us.jpgMajor Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson is an enjoyable novel about a widower living in a small English village who falls in love with a woman of Pakistani descent who owns and manages the local Quick Mart.  The Major has a grown son who lives his life in pursuit of money, connections, and prestige. Jasmina Ali, the shop owner, has a collection of relations with a myriad of their own problems.  In addition, a pair of valuable old shotguns and the right of their ownership are at play in the story.

This is a story about breaking with tradition and recognizing the importance of the things we value in life. It is well-written and has its suspenseful moments. As in the famous Chekhov quote, if you introduce a gun in the first act, it must go off in the second or third, Simonson uses the antique guns as a literary device throughout the novel with savvy acumen. I liked it and hope you will too!

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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