Listen Helen Simonson reads the opening of 'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand'
Listen Hear Euan Kerr's full interview with Helen Simonson
Listen Helen Simonson spears everyone's petty prejudices
After struggling for a while to write a gritty up-to-the-moment novel, Helen Simonson decided to stop beating herself up and write something for herself.
The English native who's lived in New York since 1986 began the story of a retired military officer who scandalizes a small English village when he falls in love with the Pakistani woman who owns the village shop.
"Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" is now on the New York Times bestsellers list, and Simonson will read in the Twin Cities tonight.
She told Euan Kerr she aimed to train a caustically humorous eye on people's petty prejudices, but she had to make sure she did it right.