The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Random House, $25.00) is Rachel Joyce’s debut novel about one man’s journey of hope and transformation. Recently retired and lacking any sense of purpose, Harold lives an unremarkable life until a letter arrives. An old friend is dying and has written to say goodbye. Harold decides he will walk the 600 miles to see her, hoping that as long as he walks, his friend will stay alive. “. . . quietly haunting in its poignant and wise examination of love and devotion.”—Booklist starred review. Joyce, a former actress, is an award-winning writer of more than twenty plays for BBC Radio 4.