Read because: The movie was completely delightful.
Purchased from: Collected Works in Santa Fe
Rating: 10 out of 10
Synopsis (from Amazon): Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn. The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met before at the movies. Over the course of a single day, both women are changed forever.
My Review: I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a copy of this ever since I saw the movie last year. I was delighted to find it in a charming little bookshop that my friend Sara recommended when I was down in Santa Fe. It’s such a lovely edition! I learned that it’s the only edition that’s been printed in the last half a century — and they got it right! It has great little original illustrations throughout, not to mention French flaps — one of my favorite features on a paperback. Anyway, the book was just as wonderful as the movie. It skipped along, relating the adventures of Miss Pettigrew and Miss LaFosse and the men who come in and out of their lives. So glamorous! Such a pleasure! The dialogue is quippy and delicious, and Miss Pettigrew’s inner dialogue is hilarious. Plus I love how it’s a little racy for the 30s. Highly recommended! As is the movie — get both and have a happy afternoon! (Finished 4/5/09)