From Matthew Quick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, comes The Good Luck of Right Now, a funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere—an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.
For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?
Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.
A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more.
Review From Customer
“Funny, touching, wise, and ultimately life-affirming, THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW is quite possibly the greatest feel-good misfit-road story I’ve had the good luck to read. If you loved THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, this book is for you.”–Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain”
“THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW has everything I relish in a story: a flawed but sympathetic protagonist, a page-turning plot, and a cast of emotionally scarred characters for whom I rooted wholeheartedly. I loved this novel from its quirky and unconventional opening to its poignant, tear-inducing conclusion.”–Wally Lamb, author of “We are Water” and “Wishin’ and Hopin”‘
“A plucky debut novel…Quick fills the pages with so much absurd wit and true feeling that it’s impossible not to cheer for his unlikely hero.”–“People” on “The Silver Linings Playbook”
“Matthew Quick has created quite the heartbreaker of a novel in “The Silver Linings Playbook”.”–“Kirkus Reviews” on “The Silver Linings Playbook”
“Pat is a fearless narrator; even his most outlandish delusions are so candidly expressed that the reader teeters between fear of heartbreak and the hope that Pat might actually yearn his way into happiness. It’s a charmingly nerve-wracking combination…The book is cinematic, but the writing still shimmers.”–Barry Hardymon, “NPR” on “The Silver Linings Playbook”
“I found him [Pat Peoples] compelling and fascinating, and I found myself not only caring about him but rooting for him unashamedly, which, for an author is, I believe, what they mean by scoring a tour de force.”–“Philadelphia Inquirer” on “The Silver Linings Playbook”
“Tender, appealing…funny and satisfying.”–“Cleveland Plain Dealer” on “The Silver Linings Playbook”
“Friendship, family, connection and discovery intertwine in a marvelous way in this appealing novel. … In refusing to be defeated by pessimism, Pat learns about true silver linings, not pretty happy endings.”–Marilyn Dahl, “Shelf Awareness” on “The Silver Linings Playbook”, a Picks of the Year Selection
“Endearing…touching and funny…. Pat [Peoples] is as sweet as a puppy, and his offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser.”–“Publishers Weekly” on “The Silver Linings Playbook”
“Quirky, feel-good fiction….A whimsical, clever narrative.”–“Kirkus Reviews” (starred review)
“Quick, the author of “The Silver Linings Playbook”, 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”
“A quirky coming-of-age story….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”
“[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”