The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
By Rachel Joyce
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812983456, 384pp.)
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
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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.
Praise for "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation. "O: The Oprah Magazine"
A cause for celebration . . . Joyce] has a lovely sense of the possibilities of redemption. In this bravely unpretentious and unsentimental take, she's cleared space where miracles are still possible. Ron Charles, "The Washington Post"
"The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" is not just a book about lost love. It is about all the wonderful everyday things Harold discovers through the mere process of putting one foot in front of the other. Janet Maslin, "The New York Times
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- Why does the story that the garage girl tells Harold affect him so deeply? Do you think Harold would have mused on faith and gone on this tremendous journey had the garage girl told Harold that her aunt died of cancer anyway?