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ISBN13: 9780812983456
ISBN10: 0812983459
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National Bestseller • Longlisted For the Man Booker Prize • Named One of the Best Books of the Year By The Washington Post

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.

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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

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"[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation." O: The Oprah Magazine

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"You have to love Harold Fry, a man who set out one morning to mail a letter and then just kept going....Like Christian in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, Harold becomes Everyman in the eyes of those who encounter him....Harold's journey, which parallels Christian's nicely but not overly neatly, takes him to the edge of death and back again. It will stick with you, this story of faith, fidelity and redemption." Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"For all of us perfectly responsible, stoop-shouldered suburbanites wearing a path in the living-room carpet, Harold's ridiculous journey is a cause for celebration. This is Walter Mitty skydiving. This is J. Alfred Prufrock not just eating that peach, but throwing the pit out the window, rolling up his trousers and whistling to those hot mermaids. Released from the cage of his own passivity, Harold feels transformed, though he keeps his tie on....In this bravely unpretentious and unsentimental tale, she's cleared space where miracles are still possible." Washington Post

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"[R]emarkable....I can't think of a better recommendation for summer reading. And take your time, just as Harold does." USA Today

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"[A] story of present-day courage...about how easily a mousy, domesticated man can get lost and how joyously he can be refound." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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"From its charming beginning to its startling and cathartic denouement, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a comic and tragic joy." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"When it seems almost too late, Harold Fry opens his battered heart and lets the world rush in. This funny, poignant story about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey moved and inspired me." Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank

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"There's tremendous heart in this debut novel by Rachel Joyce, as she probes questions that are as simple as they are profound: Can we begin to live again, and live truly, as ourselves, even in middle age, when all seems ruined? Can we believe in hope when hope seems to have abandoned us? I found myself laughing through tears, rooting for Harold at every step of his journey. I'm still rooting for him." Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

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"Marvelous! I held my breath at his every blister and cramp, and felt as if by turning the pages, I might help his impossible quest succeed." Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Review:

"Harold's journey is ordinary and extraordinary; it is a journey through the self, through modern society, through time and landscape. It is a funny book, a wise book, a charming book — but never cloying. It's a book with a savage twist — and yet never seems manipulative. Perhaps because Harold himself is just wonderful....I'm telling you now: I love this book." Erica Wagner, The Times (UK)

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"The odyssey of a simple man...original, subtle and touching." Claire Tomalin, author of Charles Dickens: A Life

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"The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry takes the most ordinary and unassuming of men and turns him into a hero for us all. To go on this journey with Harold will not only break your heart, it might just also heal it." Tiffany Baker, author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Review:

"A gentle and genteel charmer, brimming with British quirkiness yet quietly haunting in its poignant and wise examination of love and devotion. Sure to become a book-club favorite." Booklist

About the Author

Rachel Joyce is an award-winning writer of more than twenty plays for BBC Radio 4. She started writing after a twenty-year acting career, in which she performed leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and won multiple awards. Rachel Joyce lives in Gloucestershire on a farm with her family and is at work on her second novel.

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Beverly B, February 9, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a quiet, beautiful novel about reimagining the rest of your life. It is the kind of story that stays with you long after you have finished reading. Harold Fry is a likable yet forgettable everyman who finds himself with too much time to think and not enough to do after he retires. When he receives a letter from a terminally ill very close friend he lost touch with years earlier, he decides his pilgrimage to her will give her the hope and motivation to survive. Harold, who is not an athlete and has not walked farther than the end of his driveway in years, is inspired to use his long journey to reflect on his regrets and his long forgotten joys. During his journey, he learns to connect with the places and people around him and reconnect with the things that used to make him happy. His transformation is as much a surprise to him as it is the reader. (An excellent choice for book clubs.)
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Bonnie Anderson, April 29, 2013 (view all comments by Bonnie Anderson)
I read this book in record time and didn't want it to end. It's a beautiful story of a truly unlikely journey which Harold takes to visit a friend. The relationships between Harold and his family and those he encounters on his walk from the south of England to Scotland were both humorous and poignant.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812983456
Author:
Joyce, Rachel
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.8 in 0.6125 lb

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Product details 368 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812983456 Reviews:
"Review" by , “[Rachel] Joyce’s beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of ‘ordinary’ English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.”
"Review" by , "[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation."
"Review" by , "You have to love Harold Fry, a man who set out one morning to mail a letter and then just kept going....Like Christian in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, Harold becomes Everyman in the eyes of those who encounter him....Harold's journey, which parallels Christian's nicely but not overly neatly, takes him to the edge of death and back again. It will stick with you, this story of faith, fidelity and redemption."
"Review" by , "For all of us perfectly responsible, stoop-shouldered suburbanites wearing a path in the living-room carpet, Harold's ridiculous journey is a cause for celebration. This is Walter Mitty skydiving. This is J. Alfred Prufrock not just eating that peach, but throwing the pit out the window, rolling up his trousers and whistling to those hot mermaids. Released from the cage of his own passivity, Harold feels transformed, though he keeps his tie on....In this bravely unpretentious and unsentimental tale, she's cleared space where miracles are still possible."
"Review" by , "[R]emarkable....I can't think of a better recommendation for summer reading. And take your time, just as Harold does."
"Review" by , "[A] story of present-day courage...about how easily a mousy, domesticated man can get lost and how joyously he can be refound."
"Review" by , "From its charming beginning to its startling and cathartic denouement, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a comic and tragic joy."
"Review" by , "When it seems almost too late, Harold Fry opens his battered heart and lets the world rush in. This funny, poignant story about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey moved and inspired me."
"Review" by , "There's tremendous heart in this debut novel by Rachel Joyce, as she probes questions that are as simple as they are profound: Can we begin to live again, and live truly, as ourselves, even in middle age, when all seems ruined? Can we believe in hope when hope seems to have abandoned us? I found myself laughing through tears, rooting for Harold at every step of his journey. I'm still rooting for him."
"Review" by , "Marvelous! I held my breath at his every blister and cramp, and felt as if by turning the pages, I might help his impossible quest succeed."
"Review" by , "Harold's journey is ordinary and extraordinary; it is a journey through the self, through modern society, through time and landscape. It is a funny book, a wise book, a charming book — but never cloying. It's a book with a savage twist — and yet never seems manipulative. Perhaps because Harold himself is just wonderful....I'm telling you now: I love this book."
"Review" by , "The odyssey of a simple man...original, subtle and touching."
"Review" by , "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry takes the most ordinary and unassuming of men and turns him into a hero for us all. To go on this journey with Harold will not only break your heart, it might just also heal it."
"Review" by , "A gentle and genteel charmer, brimming with British quirkiness yet quietly haunting in its poignant and wise examination of love and devotion. Sure to become a book-club favorite."
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