Sunday, April 10, 2016
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson was written in 1938, and made a comeback when it was republished by Persephone Books (London) in 2000.
Guinevere Pettigrew is a single woman in her mid-forties who has been a governess for 20 years. She does not like being a governess, but it is the only way for her to make a living. She's never been on a date, never been kissed, never worn makeup or donned a pretty dress.
She wasn't thinking about these things the morning she was sent to the wrong address by an employment agency. Rather than applying for a post for another governess job, Miss Pettigrew accidentally showed up at the address of Delysia LaFosse, an aspiring actress and night club singer with three boyfriends she needed to sort out. Miss Pettigrew immediately stepped in to help Miss LaFosse escape from one, then another of her men.
This is a comical Cinderella Story set in London just before World War II. The language is a little foreign, but easy to follow. The entire story takes place in one crazy day. It's a book you won't forget, and I guess it was made into a movie starring Amy Adams in 2008. That's now on my list to watch.