Lovely, melancholy, thoughtful novel. This was definitely not a happy story, and yet I didn't feel deflated as I reached the end. While it was obviously the story of Harold's journey, I think Maureen's pilgrimage was actually the more affecting, for me. The idea of choosing to acknowledge the mistakes you have made and purpose to make you life better is something everyone has to struggle with, at some point in their life, and it's a hard thing to choose to make that change. I thought Haarold and Maureen's re-awakening relationship was a beautiful love story. I really, really enjoyed this novel.