A book discussion for the One Book One County Montcalm selection, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” by Helen Simonson, is July 2, at 10 a.m., at Home Township Library in Edmore and July 12, at 11 a.m., at White Pine Library in Stanton.
A New York Times Bestseller and Simonson’s first book, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” is as much a gently and politically correct look at the British class system tucked inside a sly comedy of manners as it is a love story. The unexpected death of the Major’s brother sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. However, village society embraces the Major as the quintessential local and Mrs. Ali as the permanent foreigner. 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.
Eleven book discussions are scheduled throughout the county from July through September.
In addition, author Helen Simonson is the featured speaker during the One Book closing celebration on Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
For a complete listing of book discussions and details about the closing celebration, visit www.montcalm.edu/one-book or call (989) 328-1236.
One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Chemical Bank, the Greenville Area Community Foundation, Stafford Media Solutions, the MCC Foundation and MCC.