The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

Although I wasn't sure about this book when I was assigned it as a responsibility for the adult version of "Battle of the Books," I found myself oddly struck by its realness. Although Harold is portrayed as an awkward guy, he is remarkably humble, and many of his stories of inadequacy, heartbreak, and regret/chances not taken are something we all experience (albeit somewhat different from his).  Although it seems outlandish--his spur-of-the-moment pilgrimage--it actually makes sense and the ending is that much more believable.

 

I just found out there's a sequel, but it's written about Queenie, the woman for whom he starts this journey.