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Summer Book Club

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Enjoyed by All!

Seven Venus members, including two first-timers, gathered on Zoom to discuss The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry written by Rachel Joyce. The book, which was long-listed for the Man Booker prize in 2012, tells the story of Harold, who believes himself to be a failure in a life that has become more and more routine and predictable. That changes when a letter arrives from an old friend with whom he’s had no contact in many years. Harold sets out to mail his reply and rather unexpectedly begins a 600-mile journey on foot to personally deliver his letter. 

As is to be expected, many of the books that we’ve read and discussed in the Venus Book Club have had mixed reviews with some loving the book, some feeling so-so, and some disliking. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was a book that all of the readers enjoyed and were moved by. We had a rich and thoughtful discussion about love and loss, blame and responsibility, the nature of grief, the nature of forgiveness, and regaining joy. We shared some of our own impromptu adventures and experiences of loss. 

Those of us present agreed that we would like to continue the Venus Book Club. Current plans have us starting again in October. Please watch the newsletter for more details! And thanks to Angie H. for this write-up.

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