"The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce - Shannon Taking Lead

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

by Rachel Joyce

Doubleday Canada | July 24, 2012 | Hardcover

Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn''t heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die. So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband. Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked by her husband''s sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them? And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Just wanted to post a link to a reading guide - the last few pages include Charlotte Rogan's interview with Rachel Joyce (Rogan wrote 'The Lifeboat'). Information about Joyce's father's cancer is shared in that interview.

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm glad that everyone enjoyed the meetup!

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I was inspired by Shannon's approach and thought it allowed smaller groups to get to know one another. Brilliant.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great organization of meeting tonight!

    May 6, 2013

  • Michael B.

    This was my first book club meeting ever, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Shannon did an excellent job leading the group on our little pilgrimage of Harold's journey. Kudos!

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • laura r.

    I really enjoyed this evening, thanks to Shannon for your great idea of small groups!

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Ann

    Just want to let you know i won't be there tonight. I seem to have picked up a tummy bug. I'm disappointed. Been looking forward to it all month.
    Do u post questions about the book?
    Hoping next month I'm able to attend

    May 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ann, sorry to hear your aren't feeling well. Chris usually posts a 'report' about the meeting afterwards; it mentions several of the questions we've discussed.

      May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure i will be able to make it, go ahead without me!

    May 6, 2013

  • Joan

    Hey Sylvain,
    I also live in Sandy Hill too and was planning on going just wasn't sure but I am now! I am a the corner of King Ed. and Besserer... I Could pick you up at Chapters or meet you here. Let me know if you would like a lift.

    May 5, 2013

    • Joan

      Cool- I will be in a little red car- coming out of the parking garage between the two condos on Besserer. We are in 238 but parking garage is a bit further up towards Cumberland. If you hover arround the 238 entrance, I will hover there too! See you later- around 6.30 to be exact.

      May 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great! I'll be there.

      May 6, 2013

  • Caroline

    Can whoever I leant my copy to give it back at the next meeting of ask Chris to hold it for me. Thanks

    May 5, 2013

  • Caroline

    So sorry I won't be able to attend, however, I loved this book and I am sure it will be a great discussion. I really wish I could have been part of it. Enjoy.

    Btw Basildon Bond is a type of writing paper that comes I. Notepad form if anyone is interested.

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi!
    Would love to attend, but still have the same transportation problem....

    April 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sylvain. Sorry, but I will be unable to make it tomorrow night. Hopefully catch the next one.

      May 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for letting me know, Mark. Might see you next time.

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something has come up last minute. I'm sorry but I cannot make it.

    May 5, 2013

  • Shelley

    So glad I just checked this before heading over - I thought the meeting was tonight! See you all next week.

    2 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined this group today, going to Chapters after work to get the book and read it before the 6th. Looking forward to meeting you all.

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • Kate S.

    This book is phenomenal. I inhaled it- it's delicious stuff. I really wish I was around for this meeting. There are sooo many ideas I'm keen to discuss- save some talk for June's sesh!

    2 · April 16, 2013

    • Caroline

      Isn't it just Kate... there is so much to discuss. I loved it and teh audio is Jim Broadbent who just brought Harold to life even more. Hope you have a great trip.

      April 16, 2013

  • Kate S.

    Sorry team- I'm outta town this Monday. I'll see you all back the following month:)

    April 2, 2013

  • Ann

    Would love to participate. Will check out Chapters to purchase.
    Looking forward to May!

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Sarah

    Unfortunately, out of town.

    January 29, 2013

  • Caroline

    Excellent choice, I have this and really enjoyed it.

    December 4, 2012

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