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Winifred Watson – Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

January 7, 2010

I’m glad to jump on the post-movie bandwagon for this one. It’s as delightful as the film, combining two of my favorite narratives (an ugly duckling story + the everything-can-change-in-a-day framework). I’ve been trying to think of another mid-life Cinderella tale that doesn’t involve the transformee having to go through a complete nervous breakdown. They’re relatively rare, but enormously satisfying.

I listened to the Frances McDormand-narrated audiobook.  McDormand is, of course, spot on for Guinevere Pettigrew, but she’s equally delightful voicing Miss Pettigrew’s coterie of new friends, particularly Delysia.

The first thing I did after finishing was to poke around the Internet for Winifred Watson’s other novels, which appear to be very out of print.  I hope maybe the rediscovery of Miss Pettigrew will correct that.

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