The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce


The companion (written after) to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, this story is infinitely better than that of it's counterpart.  Queenie is a character to feel conflicted over -- you know why she does what she does, but you wonder at her motives, and wish she made different choices.  The theme of addiction and parenting a child with addiction is poignantly interspersed.  Definitely a good book club discussion generator.  For a book club twist, read BOTH books and talk about the different points of view!


1.  At what point does Queenie cross over from trying to help David into enabling him?  And is what she's doing noble or desperate in regards to trying to help Harold with his son?

2.  Who is your favorite secondary character in Queenie's hospice home?

3.  "Sometimes you can love something not because you instinctively connect with it but because another person does, and keeping their things in your heart takes you back to them."  Discuss.



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