The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel

  • Publish Date: 2016-03-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Rachel Joyce
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From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an exquisite love story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harolds 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 foota 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 didnt 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 Harolds saga, acclaimed author Rachel Joyce brings Queenie Hennessys voice into sharp focus. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harolds; one word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truthsabout 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 persons life.

Praise for The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

In the end, this lovely book is full of joy. Much more than the story of a womans enduring love for an ordinary, flawed man, its an ode to messy, imperfect, glorious, unsung humanity. . . . [Queenies] love song is for us. Thank you, Rachel Joyce.The Washington Post

Destined to change your world. One cant help but see life, and the end of it, differently after experiencing this novel. Full of wisdom and heart, it will overwhelm its readers with a deep sensitivity.Bookreporter

[A] beguiling follow-up . . . In telling Queenies side of the story, Joyce accomplishes the rare feat of endowing her continuing narrative with as much pathos and warmth, wisdom and poignancy as her debut. Harold was beloved by millions; Queenie will be, too.Booklist (starred review)

Delightful and dark . . . But Joyce is so deft that when the book is over and you close the cover, the darkness fades. What sticks with you is the light of Queenies unwavering love.Minneapolis Star Tribune

[A] deeply affecting novel . . . Culminating in a shattering revelation, [Queenies] tale is funny, sad, hopeful: Shes bound for death, but full of life.People

Joyces writing at moments has a simplicity that sings. She captures hope best of all.The Guardian

Joyce has a wonderfully evocative turn of phrase and like her other books this is a delightful read. . . . Uplifting and moving.Daily Express

Joyce nicely calls the book a companion rather than a sequel. But The Love Song is bolder than a retread of the same material from another angle. . . . After two such involving novels, readers are bound to wish for a third.The Telegraph

[Joyce] manages to both add depth to an already strong work and build something new and beautiful upon it.The A.V. Club

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