Monday, October 27, 2008

Miss Pettigrew

I just finished reading our book selection for November, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. I loved it. The story is about love and the tangled web that young lovers weave, except this was back in the 1930's.

This book was first published in 1938 and shocked readers at the time. I can see why. One of the main characters, Miss LaFosse, is unable to resist the charms, the influential job contacts, and the money of her three lovers: Phil, Nick, and Michael. She needs Phil for the job contact in the movie world. She needs the intimidating Nick to pay her bills plus she is a singer in his nightclub. Mike is the only one that wants to actually commit to her and get married.

The dowdy, middle-aged, inefficient nursery governess, Miss Pettigrew walks into Miss LaFosse's life one morning and a transformation takes place. For middle-aged here read forty years old. All in one day, Miss LaFosse's love life is transformed and Miss Pettigrew is transformed physically and emotionally. We get an hour by hour story about this transformation.

The tone is light hearted and humorous.

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