When Major Pettigrew, a retired British army major in a small English village, embarks on an unexpected friendship with the widowed Mrs. Ali, who runs the local shop, trouble erupts to disturb the bucolic serenity of the village and of the Major’s carefully regimented life.

As the Major and Mrs. Ali discover just how much they have in common, including an educated background and a shared love of books, 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. Meanwhile, the village itself, lost in its petty prejudices and traditions, may not see its own destruction coming.

A New York Times bestseller translated and sold in twenty-one countries.

"Major Pettigrew has it all"
- New York Times.
"slow burning pleasure"
- Times of London.
"delightful debut"
- O magazine.
"Crisp wit and gentle insight"
- Washington Post.
"Vastly enjoyable"
- Publishers Weekly.