The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, 2012

Soon after his retirement from a brewery in a quiet English village, Harold Fry receives a surprising letter. It's from beloved friend and colleague Queenie Hennessy, whom he hasn't heard from in 20 years, writing from a distant terminal cancer ward to say good-bye. This letter returns Harold to a horrifically painful part of his past, threatens his already troubled marriage, and ultimately leads to a crisis that casts into doubt everything he thinks he knows about himself. He decides to embark on a 600-mile walk to say goodbye to Queenie in person. Joyce, a former actress and acclaimed BBC scriptwriter here publishing her first novel, depicts Harold's personal crisis and the extraordinary pilgrimage it generates in masterly fashion, exploring psychological complexities with compassion and insight. The result is a novel of deep beauty and wisdom about the human condition; Harold, a deeply sympathetic protagonist, has much to teach us. Verdict: A great novel; essential reading for fans of literary fiction. —Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT

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  • Terri

    Good to see you

    May 23, 2013

    • Anna M

      Was nice to meet you too. I agree with your comments. Robin was a good facilitator. Look forward to the next meeting.

      May 23, 2013

    • Anna M

      We were advised that "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple is the next book.

      May 25, 2013

  • Debi

    Please let me know the name of the next book and date meetup.

    May 25, 2013

  • Terri

    I thoroughly enjoyed last night's Meetup. It was a big group, but everyone got a chance to share their perspectives, and a lot of good and interesting points were made! Great meeting!
    Robin did a nice job as new Organizer in coordinating the discussion.

    May 23, 2013

  • angelica a.

    I need to know what you are reading so I join you all next time. Please somebody let me know

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Tara E.

    *oops I meant book lol

    May 17, 2013

  • Tara E.

    Just finished reading this boom and I am excited to discuss it at y first meeting and meeting everyone

    May 17, 2013

  • Debi

    I really enjoyed "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce and am sorry that I will miss the discusion group - family trip to California takes precedence!

    May 15, 2013

  • Karen

    I was really excited to come for the first time and I really enjoyed the book and was glad I read it since I probably would have never heard about it if I didn't join this group, but as I'm looking at my calendar tonight I realize I already have another meeting! :'-(

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Disappointed to miss this one as the book sounds great but it's the last session of Puppy Preschool.

    May 10, 2013

  • Jennifer L. L.

    If it is OK, I will be bringing some books to give away. Some are books previously read by the club. Others are terrific books I have read and no longer want to keep. Let me know if this isn't OK. Thank you, Jennifer

    April 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think it's a great idea!! I'll be happy to take some of those books off your hands. :-)

      May 10, 2013

  • Debra

    Just received my hardcover book from Amazon today! Read the inside intro and can't wait to read more. This is my kinda book!

    April 30, 2013

  • Robin

    Welcome to the group. Hope to see you in at the next meeting.

    April 28, 2013

  • Anna M

    Hello, A friend told me about "meetup" recently and encouraged me to join. I look forward to reading this book club find and sharing with others.

    April 28, 2013

  • cathy m.

    Sorry I will miss this one! I loved that book. I will be on vaca in Utah.

    April 12, 2013

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