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May 5th: Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

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.

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  • Ruth Ann O.

    Not too much to say about the book, but we all agreed that we liked it for what it was, and for the most part found it enjoyable.

    May 5, 2014

  • Cheri E.

    I would like to come but work Monday evenings..is it always on Monday evenings.

    April 29, 2014

    • Annie

      Hi Cheri

      May 4, 2014

    • Annie

      We always meet on the first Monday of the month, including holidays. If you have a Monday holiday off from work, maybe you can come to one of those meetings.

      May 4, 2014

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