Monday, September 5, 2016

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - #TeaserTuesday and First Chapter / First Paragraph / Tuesday Intros

If you liked the scenes in Forrest Gump where he walks across America, you'll love The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. And if you enjoy stories featuring older characters who make changes in their lives, then that's another reason this book will appeal to you. This touching story was a winner on both counts for me.

First Paragraph:
Harold and the Letter
    The letter that would change everything arrived on a Tuesday. It was an ordinary morning in mid-April that smelled of clean washing and grass cuttings. Harold Fry sat at the breakfast table, freshly shaved, in a clean shirt and tie, with a slice of toast that he wasn't eating. He gazed beyond the kitchen window at the clipped lawn, which was spiked in the middle by Maureen's telescopic washing line, and trapped on all three sides by the neighbors' stockade fencing.

Teaser (at 6% on my Kindle):
The useful thing about a sunny day was that it showed up the dust, and dried the laundry in almost less time than the tumble drier. Maureen had squirted, bleached, polished, and annihilated every living organism on the worktops.
(I like this Teaser because it tells me a lot about this character and her priorities.)

Genre: Literary Fiction / Contemporary / Family
Book Length: 338 Pages
Amazon Link: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Author's Website: Rachel Joyce

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
     Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old friend in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
     Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die. 
     So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband. 
     Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked by her husband's sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them? And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?


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27 comments:

Suzie Quint said...

It doesn't really sound like it's up my alley, but I hope you enjoy it.

Silvia Paoletta said...

I honestly don't know if this book would work for me, but I surely hope you're loving it!

Here's my TT :)

Emma Littlefield said...

I really enjoyed this, more than I thought I would. I thought it was clever and sweet.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I really want to read this book--it's been sitting patiently in one of my bookcases for far too long. Your post is inspiring me to pull it off the shelf and put it in the "next" pile.

sjhigbee said...

This one sounds intriguing. I keep wondering why his wife is so very angry and obsessed with dirt... THAT doesn't come out of nowhere.

sjhigbee said...

And... this is my TT this week - https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/teaser-tuesday-6th-september-2016/ I'd forget my head if it wasn't attached to my neck...

PD Workman said...

I'm definitely intrigued by this one!

Mine this week is from Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep: https://wp.me/p3Nz8P-Ox

Laura Thomas said...

I like it. This book has been on my wish list. I just know I'll enjoy it!

MY TT from The Lobby

Kay said...

I have heard such good things about this one. It was recommended to me by several, but I haven't picked it up yet. I suspect I will at some point. Have you read the next one, the Queenie book?

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I didn't realize there was a sequel! I'll definitely read it. Thanks, Kay, for letting me know.

rashmit mishra said...

Not exactly the genre i read but sounds interesting, hope you like it, can't find the like button 😞

JoAnn said...

I enjoyed this book, too! Quite a few bloggers also loved the sequel, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, but I haven't read it yet. One of these days...

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I loved old Harold:)

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love books about older characters changing their lives, revisiting the past, or taking on some kind of journey. I am definitely eager to find out what happens to Harold...and to Queenie. Maureen, not so much, but maybe there is hope for her, too. Thanks for sharing, Sandy, and for visiting my blog.

The Candid Cover: YA Book Blogger said...

You sold me with Forrest Gump! I think that this is one book that sounds like an epic story as well. You're right about Maureen, she does seem to be quite well described in the teaser you chose. I will have to check this one out! :)

Monica's Bookish Life said...

I really liked this book, and I hope you're enjoying it, too!

Margot said...

I read this book a couple of years ago and remember it as being fun and funny. I was glad to have this reminder of the book.

Alice Audrey said...

I think her priorities are the opposite of mine. Annihilation can wait.

Vicki said...

I started this but didn't get very far. Your post makes me want to try again.

Yvonne said...

This sounds like a good one.

Heather Fineisen said...

This one's on my list. I would keep reading. Enjoy!

Stephen P. Bianchini said...

Not my genre, but some of your comments made me think I might enjoy it nonetheless. Thanks!

Jacqueline Gum said...

Sounds like a very sweet story with a very likable main character.

Eustacia Tan said...

Dust? I do my best not to see it (;

Nise' said...

This was an enjoyable read for me, hope it is for you as well.

Elizabeth said...

Very nice post.

I really enjoyed this book.

Thanks for the reminder.

Elizabeth

Deborah Hill said...

Not sure 'useful' would be a word I would use, if I can't see dust I don't need to deal with it, which is a bonus in my opinion! But that obviously isn't the characters personality!

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