O's 2012 Summer Reading List
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Twenty years earlier, Queenie did Harold an extraordinary kindness, and promptly disappeared. Walking to her now with blistered feet, he tells strangers about his quest and is surprised to discover that they "believed in him." Harold's wife, Maureen, regrets the years she's been unfairly mean to her husband and fears he'll never return; he's sure he isn't welcome. While a touching portrait emerges of Harold's long-ago friendship with the plain but dignified Queenie, this is ultimately a story of a marriage in need of repair. The question isn't whether Harold will reach Queenie, but whether he'll find his way back home.