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This review is from: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics) (Paperback)
This little book may become one of my all time favorites. It is a great comic novel with bright dialogue, very English humor and characters who are three-dimensional. When mousy, timid little Miss Pettigrew knocks on Miss LaFosse's door to apply for a desperately needed job, she is grabbed by the beautiful actress and pulled into a wild, exciting, slightly vulgar day that is far from the genteel, grey poverty of Miss Pettigrew's everyday life. Set and written in pre-World War II London, the book is true to its milieu with lingering Victorian mores warring with more modern sensibilities, all viewed through the eyes of a slightly bewildered, prim English governess who is eager to experience every second of this magical day. The current movie, with Amy Adams and the great Frances McDormand as Miss Pettigrew, is very true to the book, so if you liked the movie you're going to really like the book.