Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: Or the Letter That Was Never Sent to Harold Fry
From the bestselling author of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" comes""an exquisite love story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harold's cross-country journey.
A runaway international bestseller, "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" followed its unassuming hero on an incredible journey as he traveled the length of England on foot--a journey spurred by a simple letter from his old friend Queenie Hennessy, writing from a hospice to say goodbye. Harold believed that as long as he kept walking, Queenie would live. What he didn't know was that his decision to walk had caused her both alarm and fear. How could she wait? What would she say? Forced to confront the past, Queenie realizes she must write again.
In this poignant parallel story to Harold's saga, acclaimed author Rachel Joyce brings Queenie Hennessy's voice into sharp focus. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold's; one word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truths--about her modest childhood, her studies at Oxford, the heartbreak that brought her to Kingsbridge and to loving Harold, her friendship with his son, the solace she has found in a garden by the sea. And finally the devastating secret she has kept from Harold for all these years.
A wise, tender, layered novel that gathers tremendous emotional force, "The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy "underscores the resilience of the human spirit, beautifully illuminating the small yet pivotal moments that can change a person's life.
Praise for Rachel Joyce's "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"
"[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation.""--O: The Oprah Magazine"
"Joyce's beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of 'ordinary' English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds."--"People" (four stars)
""The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" is not just a book about lost love. It is about all the wonderful everyday things Harold discovers through the mere process of putting one foot in front of the other."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
Bestselling companion to the 2 million+ copy, worldwide phenomenon, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: an exquisite, funny and heartrending parallel story.
"5 stars" The Telegraph "Touching ... a quiet, gentle, moving novel. Joyce's writing has a simplicity that sings and she captures hope best of all." The Observer "If you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you'll be thrilled with this sequel." The Sun "Invest in a box of Kleenex before you start this tear-jerker - [one of] this month's big reads." Women & Home "A beautiful story which will grip you, make you laugh and cry, uplift your spirit and leave you feeling profoundly grateful and changed by the reading experience ... This is a wonderful book about loss, redemption and joy - and I give it my own prize." -- Bel Mooney The Daily Mail
Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Perfect. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into 34 languages. Rachel Joyce was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' in December 2012. She is also the author of the short story, A Faraway Smell of Lemon and is the award-winning writer of over 30 original afternoon plays and classic adaptations for BBC Radio 4. Rachel Joyce lives with her family in Gloucestershire.