Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day, Winifred Watson, Persephone Books Ltd, 2000, 234 pp
First published in 1938, the third of six very different novels by Winifred Watson, Miss Pettigrew is having a second life due to the film of the same title which was released in 2008. The book is lighthearted and clever, which as you my readers know, is not exactly my cup of tea. But read it I did, because part of being in a reading group is reading the book, at least by my personal creed.
I have to admit that I spent a few minutes wishing I could solve my friends' problems as easily or that on the few occasions when I have succeeded, I would have reaped such glorious rewards. It was entertaining in a Seinfeld episode sort of way to watch Miss Pettigrew having her wicked fun while rescuing the flighty and indecisive Miss LaFosse from disastrous men.
Having said that, I will now say that Winifred Watson could be the grandmother of chick lit. Once in a while even this grandmother can be entertained reading about a woman who is having a harder time than I ever did and coming out of it better than I ever have.
(This book is available on the shelf at Once Upon A Time Bookstore.)