New Fiction: The Good Luck of Right Now – Matthew Quick

Thanks in part to the Academy Award winning film that was made of his Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick’s new novel arrives to a lot of built-in attention. But even before the film, Silver Linings had a large, devoted readership and generated reactions like this from NPR’s uber-librarian Nancy Pearl: “Awww shucks. I know that’s hardly a usual way to begin a book review, but it was my immediate response to finishing Matthew Quick’s heart-warming, humorous, and soul-satisfying first novel…. I also thought of starting off the review with a photo of me hugging the book and grinning like an idiot—I liked it that much.”

This new book will not disappoint the legion of fans looking for an uplifting comic novel filled with underdogs pursing the dream. It has received great advance reviews and is both a February Indie Next pick and a LibraryReads Top Ten pick, as well as a Costco Pennie’s Pick. It will be no surprise that this new book has been picked up for a film to be directed by the husband-wife team who directed Little Miss Sunshine and that national review attention starts with Entertainment Weekly. I’ll let the reviews point to the plot.

The newest from The Silver Linings Playbook author Quick is a quirky coming-of-age story about an earnest, guileless 38-year-old man with a dyspeptic stomach. After caring for his mother until her death, Bartholomew Neil begins … penning letters to Richard Gere when he discovers a ‘free Tibet’ letter from Gere, his mom’s favorite actor, among her things. Told by his grief counselor that Bartholomew should find his flock…Bartholomew’s plan starts small: he wants to have a drink in a bar with a buddy and go on a date with a girl—hopefully the ‘girlbrarian’ at the library where he spends most days reading books about Jung or the Dalai Lama. His motley flock slowly takes form, including the bipolar priest he’s known his whole life, a foulmouthed paranoid grieving for his dead cat, and the paranoid’s depressed sister, who just so happens to be the girlbrarian. Quick writes with an engaging intimacy, capturing his narrator’s innocence and off-kilter philosophy, and the damaged souls in orbit around him.
Publishers Weekly

“Quirky, feel-good fiction….A whimsical, clever narrative.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Quick…provides another offbeat gem populated with eccentric, fallible, intensely human characters….Humor, pathos, and quirky bends in the road define they odyssey, making it increasingly clear that it is all about the journey, not the destination.”
Booklist

“[Quick] has a rare skill in portraying characters with mental illness, which, when coupled with his deft hand at humor, produces compelling and important prose….fans of Wally Lamb, Mark Haddon, or Winston Groom will appreciate.”
Library Journal

The Good Luck of Right Now (9780062285539) by Matthew Quick. $25.99 hardcover. 2/11/14 one day laydown.

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