The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry has never done anything daring, or strange, or even slightly out of the ordinary. Yet one day, upon hearing that his former colleague Queenie is dying of cancer, rather than simply post a letter to her he decides to deliver it in person. By walking to see her. Across of all England. In yachting shoes and without a toothbrush. Because as long as he’s walking he knows Queenie will wait for him.
I was expecting quirky (which I got) but this is a lot deeper than I expected. Harold’s rather simple life is anything but simple. As the book develops we learn more about Harold, his relationship with his wife and with his son. We also learn of the rather large part Queenie played in his life. This book will surprise you in more ways than one.
Written in a matter of fact style no matter what is being related this evenly told story is a refreshing look at domestic dramas. I especially enjoyed the observations Harold makes early on while walking on roadsides. It’s amazing what we miss zooming by at 55mph. This book will inspire you to walk to the nearest store rather than jump in the car the next time you need something. At least it did for me.