The Good Luck of Right Now

The Good Luck of Right Now

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes the funny, feel-good story of a young man who, in the aftermath of his mother's untimely death, forms an unlikely family with three other outsiders.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 147 x 226 x 25mm | 386g
  • United States
  • English
  • International ed.
  • 0062326325
  • 9780062326324
  • 340,596

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"A plucky debut novel...Quick fills the pages with so much absurd wit and true feeling that it's impossible not to cheer for his unlikely hero."--"People"
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About Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick wurde 1973 in Oaklyn, New Jersey geboren. Er studierte Anglistik, arbeitete als Englischlehrer, schmiss seinen Job und reiste so lange durch Südamerika und Afrika, bis er endlich den Mut aufbrachte, das zu tun, was er schon immer machen wollte: Einen Roman schreiben. Die Verfilmung seines Debüts Silver Linings gewann einen Golden Globe und wurde für 8 Oscars nominiert. Auch die Filmrechte an seinem zweiten, noch unveröffentlichten Roman wurden bereits verkauft. Matthew Quick lebt mit seiner Frau in Holden, Massachusetts.
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Rating details

17,194 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 18% (3,172)
4 39% (6,696)
3 31% (5,368)
2 9% (1,472)
1 3% (486)

Our customer reviews

A story of a man writing letters to Richard Gere? Interesting indeed. At first, I couldn't help but get confused why exactly would Bartholomew Neil want to write to Richard Gere? Maybe this thought lasted for just the first page. I got the idea that it was his form of coping up, something that no one would understand. Richard Gere, in this novel, seems very approachable, even in the thoughts of one man. The novel is heart-warming. Queer and heart-warming. Each character is built up on struggle. Never did the story focused on Bartholomew and his ways of dealing with the world without his mother, but also of the people surrounding him; those he interacts with and those he actually cares about. People might think that patching things such as character build-ups are easy, but with this novel, it just shows how easy the flow of interactions are between the characters. What I love about the characterizations most of all was the pain they all suffered, though in different forms. I am such a sucker for psychologically injured characters. Somehow like his characters in Silver Linings Playbook, all suffering from something around psychological to emotional trauma, Matthew Quick digs deep into this kind of subject matter, though I've only quite witnessed it with these two novels. I have the rest of his novels and have yet to start with them. The consequences of school and book blogging. I will try my hardest. Anyway, back to the topic, The Good Luck of Right Now is an interesting book that not only touches the subject on relationships but also how philosophies from those in the Buddhist teachings and even from Bartholomew's mom, shape his character. The Good Luck of Right Now, as a mantra, is something that I might carry with me until I die. It's simple, not complex with the additions of books on Philosophy and whatnot. Just a simple, humble teaching that states, (in my own words), If bad things happen to you, someone out there receives the wonderful blessing that you didn't get in that exact moment. You might have gotten robbed but somewhere in the streets of Haiti, relief goods are being shipped to hungry children, that sort of thing. Though at first, I was quite skeptical about it. I mean, I guess the reason it's called The Good Luck of Right Now, is that, it is never for you to take in that very moment and that it is never meant for the person who understands. I don't know. That's how I clearly understood it. I guess, perspectives towards this book will play a major role on what exactly others would think of it. As I stated, characters are bizarre, queer and out of it. Aliens? Yes. You may encounter some at this book. Characters like Max, The Girlbrarian and of course, sweet old Father McNamee, Matthew Quick's writing style is easy on the eyes, not hard to comprehend though you might be taken into a certain scenario into another like a whirlwind. That, I wasn't really a fan of. But nonetheless, this is a fascinating book to read, with surprises and interesting plot lines and as I've said, characters that you will all love. I sincerely recommend this book for those who wish to read an odd, light read. It is perfect to be read on a lazy afternoon. I also think that Young Adult novel fans should read this as well. It can give a lot of grounds to think of different writers' perspective on things.I seriously suggest you don't limit your scope on YA... Just suggesting Misfit Booknerds. Anyway, much love to Matthew Quick and his new novel! I hope you guys can check it out!show more
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