An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G. The Silver Linings Playbook
is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife’s betrayal.
During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.
When Pat meets the tragically widowed and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year’s Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their “contract.” All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining.
In this brilliantly written debut novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.
Matthew Quick's debut novel centers on an unflinching optimist named Pat Peoples. Interpersonal trauma pushed the compulsive Pat over the edge, and when the story opens, he's still in the "bad place," as he calls the psych hospital. The amnesiac is released to his parents' house, where he embarks on a rigorous daily routine of extreme exercise and hydration. Quick portrays Pat's psychological recovery with an affectionate sense of humor. Along the way the reader comes to empathize with Pat--understanding why he's still obsessed with his unfaithful, absent wife but might be interested in his neighbor and why he hates Kenny G. but loves the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Humorous Fiction
- Format: paperback
- Release Date:
April 27, 2010
- Date Published:
April 27, 2010
Author: Matthew Quick
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- Online Item #: 12240491
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-3780
- ISBN: 9780374532284
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