The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

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"When Queenie Hennessy is told she has days to live she sends a letter on pink paper in which she bids goodbye to Harold Fry. It is a letter that inspires an unlikely walk, a cast of well-wishers and the examination of many lives unlived. But there is a second letter, a longer, quieter more complicated letter which she will never send. It is this letter, the one we did not know about in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which reveals the shocking and beautiful truth of Queenie's life"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780812996661
Branch Call Number: eBook
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AaronAardvark1940
May 23, 2020

Another in our reading project. We enjoyed this treatment of the other side of Harold Fry's pilgrimage as much as the original book. It is a nice complement to that story and fills in a lot of blanks. Joyce's attention to detail is admirable. Although the author suggests that it is a standalone, we recommend reading the Pilgrimage book first to get full enjoyment out of each.

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SusanneLS
Oct 02, 2019

Loved the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry but found this follow up slow and plodding and couldn't make it past 100 pages. Maybe wrong timing to read this but I just couldn't connect or get interested.

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OP_2
Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / March 2017

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Einer2
Jul 20, 2019

Would definitely read the "companion" book first. The twists at the end of each got me! Beautifully read in the CD version!

I felt the ending did not provide enough closure. However it was an interesting read about a life that was only partially lived because of misplaced good intentions.

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wyenotgo
Dec 09, 2016

With regret, although "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" was one of my all-time favorites, I can only assign this one 3 stars. This troubles me, because Rachel Joyce's writing is beautiful, sensitive, insightful on so many levels. But all she has done is to re-tell the same story, this time from Queenie's point of view; and this is a much more somber book, lacking in the final-pages euphoria, the celebration of the survival of ordeal that made the previous book so special. Yes, Queenie has also passed through a great journey, but her journey leads inescapably only to death. And cancer is by far the the lesser of Queenie's three great burdens. She copes with the horrible reality of her physical state with courage, dignity and even dark humor, as do her fellow patients spending their last days at the hospice. She has long since come to terms with the pain of unrequited love. But the expiation of guilt makes for a very hard journey and the hardest guilt to bear is guilt that was self-imposed. So I'm left with the question: Does confession leave the soul at peace even if it is accomplished through the use of morphine?

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kakacurt
May 17, 2016

Excellent "companion" book that is even better than its' prequel, "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

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Warru37
Apr 11, 2016

JULY 20-17 BOOK CLUB

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sandraperkins
Dec 12, 2015

I recently read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and found it to be moving and thought-provoking. I was intrigued to find out this book existed, which tells the same story from the viewpoint of Queenie Hennessy. I thought this book was lovely and also thought-provoking. I recommend it to everyone who read the first book (and I do recommend reading them in order).

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Tica77
Nov 21, 2015

If you have read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I do recommend you read The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. This is somewhat of a prequal, if you wish, of her first novel about Harold Fry. Set in a palliative care facility where Queenie awaits her faith, this book shows that even when life is slipping through your fingers you can enjoy happy moments, develop relationships and forgive yourself. The ending is totally amazing!

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