Love May Fail
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Love May Fail

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 401 pages
  • 162 x 230 x 38mm | 859.99g
  • Harper
  • New York
  • English
  • 0062285564
  • 9780062285560

Review quote

"Alive with humanity, empathy and wit...a beautifully readable novel by a writer of power and insight."--Coast (NZ)
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Back cover copy

"It doesn't matter how I got here. What I do with the puzzle pieces that are now in front of me--that's what matters.

Save Mr. Vernon.

My three-word quest.

Why I'm here in this time and space."

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 for the goodness she believes still exists in the world, Portia sets off on a quest to save the one man who always believed in her--and in all of his students: her beloved high school English teacher, Mr. Vernon, who has retired broken and alone after a traumatic classroom incident.

Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metalhead little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt Portia's chances on this quest to resurrect a good man 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.
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Review Text

"Inspiring... Matthew Quick has a way with wounded characters." Boston Globe
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4,575 ratings
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4 38% (1,761)
3 32% (1,460)
2 10% (463)
1 3% (147)
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