Prize-winning novel based on fictionalized account of walking El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James), a pilgrimage in Northern Spain, which has existed for over a thousand years and regularly attracts 150-200 thousand pilgrims each year (272,000 at its height) and takes 4-6 weeks to cover the 500 miles. Setting out to walk the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route that once secured 'points' for getting into heaven, ranked only after Jerusalem and Rome in medieval times, forty-eight year old Rosemary Wallace is already uneasy about whether she will fit in as a pilgrim, whether her lack of preparation will defeat her before she has started. Under the relentless sun little can remain either everyday or hidden. As the group make their way through lush fields and tiny hamlets, barely changed since the first pilgrims walked by a thousand years ago, changes are taking place in each of them, changes that will shape not just this strange, highly charged walk, but everything that comes next.
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