The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
A Novel

84%

7 Critic Reviews

Pat is as sweet as a puppy, and his offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.

 

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In the six months that followed his leaving teaching and the Philadelphia area, Matthew Quick floated down the Peruvian Amazon and formed 'The Bardbarians' (a two-man literary circle), backpacked around Southern Africa, hiked to the bottom of a snowy Grand Canyon, soul-searched, and finally began writing full-time. Matthew earned his Creative Writing MFA through Goddard College. He has since returned to the Philadelphia area, where he lives with his wife and their greyhound.
 
Published April 21, 2010 by Sarah Crichton Books. 305 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Silver Linings Playbook
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

Most readers will find Pat just about irresistible.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 02 2008

Pat is as sweet as a puppy, and his offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Below average
Reviewed by Ricardo Gilb on Oct 01 2008

...spreads the plot a little too thin and the characters a little too flat.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Above average
Reviewed by Amy Benfer on Dec 17 2008

...as Pat says: "I have to remind myself that all movie characters go through this sort of dark period before they find their happy ending." Let's just say this book delivers on the promise of its title.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon on Sep 07 2008

...a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.

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Entertainment Focus

Excellent
Reviewed by Pip Ellwood on Dec 22 2012

The Silver Linings Playbook is a fantastic read and we couldn’t put it down.

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Bookmunch

Excellent
on Feb 19 2013

The Silver Linings Playbook is a quick, easy read...

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