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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
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Jul 23, 2012

it was amazing
Read in August, 2012

This book is a wonderful, quiet gem of a story.
For the first time in his long life, Harold Fry does something unexpected, unsafe, and in the end, something very heroic. After receiving a letter from an old friend who is dying of cancer, Harold decides that he will walk to her and while he walks, Queenie will wait for him and will not die.
Because Harold makes this decision on the way to post a letter to Queenie, he begins his walk without a map, without his mobile phone, and without much of anything.
Along the way, Harold meets a collection of characters. He loses faith in his mission, he regains it; he discovers contentment and then becomes disillusioned; he remembers treasured parts of his past that he'd forgotten--some very happy and some very difficult.
While he walks to Queenie, his wife, Maw, waits at home. She, too makes some discoveries, finding parts of herself that she'd forgotten or lost.
Highly recommended for anyone who needs a tiny bit of magic.

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