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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
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Mar 28, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from March 26 to 28, 2012

I received an advance copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

This novel was a delight. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a meticulously paced, deceptively simple, ultimately rewarding book. Harold Fry begins his impromptu cross-UK journey on foot after receiving a letter from Queenie Hennessy, a colleague Harold wants to repay for a kindness before she dies alone in a hospice. Harold's wife Maureen is left behind to consider the way that she has treated Harold in regard to their everyday life, their love, and their son. Each spends the novel coming to terms with the people that they are and the people they will need to become if they are to find contentment with their lives and each other.

Rachel Joyce has masterfully crafted a novel that combines the literal and metaphorical journey of personal change. The emotions and physical toils of the main character are communicated beautifully and the settings and characters are engaging and entertaining. I highly recommend this book.
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