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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)63. Winifred Watson, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Guenivere Pettigrew is 40 years old and down on her luck. She’s spent her entire life as an unwanted afterthought, and now she is reduced to taking whatever sporadic governess jobs she can find. But everything changes when she answers the advertisement of a Miss LaFosse, who turns out to be a ravishingly beautiful actress and singer. Miss LaFosse’s glamorous life completely enthralls Miss Pettigrew, even when she learns that Miss LaFosse has multiple lovers and sings in a nightclub. Before she knows it, Miss Pettigrew is swept up into Miss LaFosse’s exciting world – and finds herself enjoying every minute of it! But will Miss Pettigrew’s fairy tale end when this extraordinary day is over, or will she at last find the courage to start a new life?

I had been wanting to read this book ever since the movie came out, and now I finally have! I found it sweet, charming, and completely captivating from beginning to end. I’m still on a book-induced high from it! :) I found Miss Pettigrew a very lovable and relatable character, and it’s touching to see how she blossoms under even a little bit of kindness from the people around her. The book is a 1930s fairy tale with a shamelessly happy ending, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a feel-good comfort read. Loved it!

P.S. Sorry to inundate your f-lists with so many reviews...I've been on a literary bender of sorts ever since classes let out. And it is glorious! :)

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catyah
May. 9th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
OH, I loved this book! I totally wished I could be Miss Pettigrew.

I never did get a chance to see the movie, it left the local theaters before I could get around to it, so I read the book instead. Is it worth it to see the movie, do you think, being that I've already read the book?
christina_reads
May. 9th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
I actually haven't seen the movie either, so I couldn't tell you whether it's worthwhile or not! I wanted to read the book first. :) But I've heard it's a good movie, so I'm planning to borrow it from the library soon!
birdgirl78
May. 9th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I really did like this book!
There was something so wonderfully naive and refreshing about Miss Pettigrew, but not in an annoying way.
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie as well. Frances McDormand is a great actress, as is Shirley Henderson (and in the movie they make her character sort of like an Edith Head figure--fantastically bitchy too).
christina_reads
May. 10th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
Ooh, I'm glad the movie's good -- even more incentive to see it!
caffyolay
May. 9th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
I liked this one too, very uplifting.
christina_reads
May. 10th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
It's definitely going to be one of my go-to comfort reads from now on, I think!
caffeinatedlife
May. 10th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
P.S. Sorry to inundate your f-lists with so many reviews...I've been on a literary bender of sorts ever since classes let out. And it is glorious! :)

Yay for the end of classes! I've also been on crazy non-academic reading mode since I submitted my last assignment, lol xD

I should check this book out sometime; I watched the movie and it was pretty fun and cute =D
christina_reads
May. 10th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Haha, it's such a relief finally to be able to read whatever you want, instead of boring school reading!

And yes, read this book! It's adorable! I have to see the movie now. :)
demented2468
Jun. 2nd, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
I saw the movie awhile back and really enjoyed it. Glad to hear the book was as good . Really going to have to check it out some time.

christina_reads
Jun. 2nd, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm in the opposite position -- I can't wait to see the movie now!
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