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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST
 
“[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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    Great book. Made me cry and laugh.

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    I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and very engaging. I felt personally invested in Harold and his journey. I was also truly surprised by some of the revelations in the book. Though some of the story line might appear far-fetched, the overall tale is one that many will be able to relate to on some level.

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    A moving tender novel

    I loved it! I felt a connection with the main characters, especially Harold. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.

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    Keeps you involved! A good read that you think about after.

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    This was one of the most moving, poignant and engaging stories I have read. Harold Fry embarks on a most unexpected journey which indeed becomes a pilgrimage as he contemplates the events and turning points of his own life while meeting people along the way who prompt memories and evoke unexplored places of the heart. His quest to seek and connect with a former colleague is at once a conclusion and a new beginning as he finds the life and direction which he seems to have lost.

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