The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
(Random House, 2012, 320 pages)
Harold Fry, a soft-spoken retiree, receives a letter from an old friend letting him know she’s dying from cancer. Harold writes her a letter and as he sets out to mail it he suddenly finds that he’s made the decision to walk across England and hand deliver it. This “unlikely pilgrimage” forces Harold to reflect on his life and it touches the lives of many others, from his wife to complete strangers.
Harold and his wife have had a strained marriage for years. His decision to set out on this trek leads both of them to think about what got their marriage to this point. Harold’s journey also ends up expanding to include people across the country who want to join him on this walk.
This was a quick read that was surprisingly touching.