We know you’re busy reading that popular book about a girl who hiked through California and Oregon.
But when you’re done with the Pacific Coast Trail, hit the road with an equally tenacious (if fictitious) Englishman in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
Longlisted last week for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, Rachel Joyce’s debut novel follows a 65-year-old man on a 600-mile walk through the English countryside — but this is no leisurely stroll among rolling pastures. Fry is on an uncharacteristically impulsive mission to see a dying friend, and he’s left his wife and taken to the highway without so much as the proper shoes.
As he plods his course, he comes to know himself through others, transforming not just his own life but that of his abandoned spouse as well.
It’s not wild. But it is wonderful.
Available at amazon.com, $15.
Photo: Courtesy of Random House