The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel

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Written By: Rachel Joyce

Narrated By: Celia Imrie

Date: March 2015

Duration: 10 hours 36 minutes

Summary:

From the New York Times 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.

“This lovely book is full of joy. Much more than the story of a woman’s enduring love for an ordinary, flawed man, it’s an ode to messy, imperfect, glorious, unsung humanity.”—The Washington Post

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.

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  • Eileen W.

    I read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye a few years ago, and liked it, but didn’t love it. This story was wonderful. Funny, poignant, smart. I want to read (listen) to Harold Frye again-perhaps I will get more out of it now that I know the parallel story.

  • Jean G

    Overall, this was an enjoyable book. I didnt enjoy it nearly as much as I did the companion book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, but I listened to it all the way through and am glad I didnt give up on it in the middle.

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