I NEVER EXPECTED HAROLD TO KEEP WALKING WHEN HE WENT TO MAIL A LETTER TO QUEENIE HENNESSEY, AN EX-COWORKER HE HASN’T SEEN IN TWENTY YEARS, SHE IS DYING OF CANCER BUT HAROLD OWES HER MORE THAN YOU KNOW. IT IS A 600 MILE WALK TO HOSPICE FOR WHICH HAROLD IS ILL PREPARED IN MANY WAYS. HE MEETS MANY PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY WHO ARE GENEROUS AND CARING BUT AS HIS STORY SPREADS OTHERS WHOSE INTENTIONS ARE NOT AS PURE START TO TAG ALONG. THESE LEACHES BOTHER ME TO NO END WITH THEIR OWN IDEAS AND POT STIRRING AND EVEN GREED TO STEAL HAROLD’S LIME LIGHT.
HAROLD, HOWEVER, IS ON A JOURNEY NOT ONLY TO SAY GOODBYE TO QUEENIE BUT TO COME TO TERMS WITH HIS OWN EXISTENCE; HIS MARRIAGE TO MAUREEN, HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS SON DAVID; HIMSELF. THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY HAS SO MUCH HIDDEN BENEATH THE WALK TO SAVE A FRIEND! ENJOY!
“[Rachel] Joyce’s beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of ‘ordinary’ English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.”–People (four stars)
Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise–and utterly irresistible–storyteller.
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