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.
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.
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What a surprise
What a surprise to find this gem of a book! The author writes characters that are deep and rich and real. I was inspired and was chuckling at the same time. I highly recommend this book.
The good luck of right now
Authors rarely write equally successful novels one after another; in my opinion this is an encore that deserves a standing 'o'! The main character has such an endearing quality of naïveté and goodness we root for him all the way; the other important characters too are life-like, complex, and vivid. Our hero, Bartholomew, has been emotionally disturbed his entire life of 39 years and still living with his mother. Her death has a domino effect on her son's life, leading him to begin a series of letters to Richard Gere, his mother' favorite actor. Told through these letters, the story continues to unfold and lead us through a chain of surprising events as Bartholomew continues his quest to find " the good luck of right now".Told with a sense of humor, and a great sensitivity to emotional illness, Matthew Quick
pulls us into the emotional roller coaster ride we had hoped he would all over again. Bravo!
Amazing, inspirational book! A quick read that will cheer you up and make you happier while you are reading it. Would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Absolutely loved it.