The Silver Linings Playbook
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An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.
A New York Times bestseller, The Silver Linings Playbook was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It tells 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.
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The Silver Linings Playbook
I meet Mr.Quick at A bar in Philly called THE GREY LODGE PUB for a book signing for this book "The Silver Linings Playbook",
Mr. Quick great to meet and this was one of the best books of read in a long time.....I hope the move stays true to the book.
Could not put this down!
I downloaded and read this book in a day after my daughter unexpectedly found herself in the middle of the filming of this novel-made-movie in center city Philadelphia (an extra with hopefully some extra face-time!). With De Nero and Bradley Cooper center stage, no doubt the movie will be a winner. The book? Well, I loved it and could not put it down until I finished it, which I paid for dearly at work on Monday. I rooted for Pat Peoples as he struggles with facing reality, and finds help in the most unlikely places. I loved the forming of new and enduring alliances, especially when others who should be counted on, can't be. With a little inside knowledge, I think I know where the movie may depart from the book in at least some aspects, but I must say that with the latter, the writing is simple, honest and true. I thought often, "This is how people talk inside their own heads, whether we admit to it or not." For me, this took the stigma out of mental illness. And as a local author who's lived, worked and based all of my writing in and about the Philly area, it won my favor instantly and never disappointed along the ride as the writing skillfully balanced humor, love, irrational thinking and a passion for our hometowns in a way that we can all relate to. Congrats, Mr. Quick, on your successful debut.
Makes you think about life, and the meaning.