An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal.
Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident.
Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.
Quick's (The Good Luck of Right Now) latest is the story of Portia Kane, who leaves her millionaire porn-producer husband in Florida after discovering him in bed with a much younger woman. Portia flies back to her hoarding mother's hovel in New Jersey, on a quest to find and save her favorite high school teacher the reclusive Mr. Vernon, who disappeared after an attack by a bat-wielding student. The story unfolds through multiple points of view: those of Portia; the Camus-quoting, suicidal Mr. Vernon; Sister Maeve, Portia's wry, acerbic seatmate on her flight home; Mr. Vernon's estranged mother (revealed through her one-sided epistolary relationship with her son); and Chuck Bass, a long-sober heroin addict who shares Portia's love of heavy metal and was also profoundly affected by Mr. Vernon. Though Portia's story is the main thread, Quick captures the essence of these other characters better; in their own imperfections and in relationship to her, they are more interesting. Still, this darkly funny, profanity-filled novel fits together, jagged edges and all, and readers will be engrossed.
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Matthew Quick does it again. He draws you in and soon you are turning pages to see what is next. I never want his books to end.
This is a typical Matthew Quick novel, meaning it is excellent; an ironically relatable page-turner. HOWEVER, I almost threw it away at a little less than the halfway mark. Without spoiling anything for anyone, think twice before reading this if you're an absurdly sensitive animal lover. It took me several days to get over the fate of little Albert Camus. But then again, I guess that's the mark of great writing...to reach in and touch your soul a little. Read at your own risk!
I have read all of Matthew Quick's books and this was one of my favorites! I laughed, cried, and couldn't put this book down! Mr. Quick's style of writing is captivating and I fell in love with the characters instantly. "Love May Fail" is a must read for everyone this summer!