NATIONAL BESTSELLER ‚ÄĘ¬†LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE¬†‚ÄĘ NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY¬†THE WASHINGTON POST¬†‚Äú[Rachel] Joyce‚Äôs beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of ‚Äėordinary‚Äô English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒPeople (four stars) ¬†Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn‚Äôt heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise‚ÄĒand utterly irresistible‚ÄĒstoryteller. ¬† Praise for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry‚Äú[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒO: The Oprah Magazine ¬† ‚ÄúA cause for celebration . . . [Joyce] has a lovely sense of the possibilities of redemption. In this bravely unpretentious and unsentimental take, she‚Äôs cleared space where miracles are still possible.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒRon Charles, The Washington Post ¬† ‚ÄúThe 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.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒJanet Maslin, The New York TimesLook for special features inside.¬†Join the Random House Reader‚Äôs¬†Circle for author chats and more.