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ISBN13: 9780062285539
ISBN10: 006228553x
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Call it fate
Call it synchronicity
Call it an act of God
Call it . . . The Good Luck of Right Now

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 by writing Richard Gere a series of 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, foulmouthed 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 Bartholomew's biological father... and discover so much more.

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"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 adding to his writing repertoire — he already keeps an 'Interesting Things I Have Learned' notebook — 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, he believes coincidence is at play and begins recounting stories from his life to the actor, and soliciting advice as well. 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. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Funny, touching, wise, and ultimately life-affirming, The Good Luck of Right Now is quite possibly the greatest feel-good misfit-road story Ive had the good luck to read. If you loved The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time, this book is for you.” Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Review:

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'

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

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“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

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“[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

Review:

“Original, compelling, uplifting. Quick celebrates the power of ordinary, flawed human beings to rescue themselves and each other. His writing is shot through with wit and humanity and an ultimately optimistic view of people, without ever becoming sentimental.” Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

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“A knockout of a book that has something for everyone: humor, wisdom, plot twists, wholly original characters and Richard Gere.” BookPage

Review:

“A deeply nuanced portrait of an unconventional family unit, friendships of necessity, and life's give and take.” Nylon Magazine

About the Author

Matthew Quick is the author of The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film, and the young adult novels Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. He is married to the novelist-pianist Alicia Bessette.

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The Loopy Librarian, May 4, 2014 (view all comments by The Loopy Librarian)
If you like quirky characters, this may be the book for you. The main character, Bartholomew, writes to Richard Gere. Another character fears alien abduction and attends grief counseling because his cat died. There’s also a bi-polar priest. Though the characters are flawed, or maybe because they are, they have fascinating insights on the world. They are carefully drawn, sympathetic and sometimes amusing. The story is hopeful and the narrator, Bartholomew, is a sheltered character who knows little of how to navigate in the world. However, Bartholomew, never stops trying. His growth and his willingness to “pretend” to be stronger than he is make him and his friends characters worth rooting for. This book isn’t for everyone as one of the characters has a bad habit of cursing incessantly. However, I highly recommend this book for people who like character-driven novels.

Quotes:

“I feel as though I am a fist opening, a flower blooming, a match ignited, a beautiful mane of hair loosened from a bun-that so many things previously impossible are now possible.”

“Her voice was…reluctant and damaged and beautiful and maybe like a bird with a broken wing singing unfettered all alone in the wilderness when she thinks no one is listening, if that makes any sense, which it probably doesn’t.”

“The universe hiccups, and we poor fools try to figure out why.”
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Shauna B, February 26, 2014 (view all comments by Shauna B)
This is my first time reading Matthew Quick but since I loved "The Silver Linings Playbook," boy am I glad I gave this author a shot. This book is about a grieving, jobless, fat, bald man who is trying to move on past the death of his mother. This probably sounds like someone you would not want to know but trust me, by the end of the book, you will want to have a cocktail with him and give him a big squeezy hug. This is truly a compassionate story told with a quick pace and filled with quirky, fun, lovable characters. I dare you to try and put it down. Or to not fall in love with Bartholomew Neil.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062285539
Author:
Quick, Matthew
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140211
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.01 in 22.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 adding to his writing repertoire — he already keeps an 'Interesting Things I Have Learned' notebook — 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, he believes coincidence is at play and begins recounting stories from his life to the actor, and soliciting advice as well. 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. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Funny, touching, wise, and ultimately life-affirming, The Good Luck of Right Now is quite possibly the greatest feel-good misfit-road story Ive had the good luck to read. If you loved The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time, this book is for you.”
"Review" by , 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.”
"Review" by , “Quirky, feel-good fiction….A whimsical, clever narrative.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “[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.”
"Review" by , “Original, compelling, uplifting. Quick celebrates the power of ordinary, flawed human beings to rescue themselves and each other. His writing is shot through with wit and humanity and an ultimately optimistic view of people, without ever becoming sentimental.”
"Review" by , “A knockout of a book that has something for everyone: humor, wisdom, plot twists, wholly original characters and Richard Gere.”
"Review" by , “A deeply nuanced portrait of an unconventional family unit, friendships of necessity, and life's give and take.”
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