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When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write a second letter; only this time she must tell Harold the truth. Composing this letter, the volunteer promises, will ensure Queenie hangs on. It will also atone for the secrets of the past. As the volunteer points out, “It isn’t Harold who is saving you. It is you, saving Harold Fry.”

This is that letter. A letter that was never sent.

Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novella about a woman who falls in love but chooses not to claim it. It is about friendship and kindness as well as the small victories that pass unrecorded. It is about the truth and the significance—the gentle heroism—of a life lived alone.

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was just the beginning.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] deeply affecting novel…Culminating in a shattering revelation, [Queenie’s] tale is funny, sad, hopeful.”


  • “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.”

    Washington Post

  • “Joyce is so deft that when the book is over and you close the cover…what sticks with you is the light of Queenie’s unwavering love.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Destined to change your world. One can’t 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.”


  • “Celia Imrie’s pitch-perfect reading of Joyce’s wonderful epistolary novel is such a transporting experience that listeners may want to start again the moment they come to the end…Imrie’s exquisite timing and precise, inviting voice render everyone from dear Queenie to a crotchety Scottish hospice patient vividly clear in this funny, heartbreaking, infinitely moving story. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A March 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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