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Book Discussion - The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

  • Apr 25, 2013 · 7:00 PM

In April we'll be reading The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. We've read some deep, dark novels lately, but this one is supposed to be quirky and heartwarming– a perfect read for springtime! As an added bonus we can do movie night as soon as it comes out on video (Maybe in May?)!

Below are descriptions of the book from Amazon and Publisher's Weekly

From Amazon:
“Aawww shucks!” NPR's Nancy Pearl said. “I know that’s hardly a usual way to begin a book review, but it was my immediate response to finishing Matthew Quick’s heartwarming, humorous and soul-satisfying first novel . . . This book makes me smile.”

Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G!

From Publisher's Weekly:
Pat Peoples, the endearing narrator of this touching and funny debut, is down on his luck. The former high school history teacher has just been released from a mental institution and placed in the care of his mother. Not one to be discouraged, Pat believes he has only been on the inside for a few months––rather than four years––and plans on reconciling with his estranged wife. Refusing to accept that their apart time is actually a permanent separation, Pat spends his days and nights feverishly trying to become the man she had always desired. Our hapless hero makes a friend in Tiffany, the mentally unstable, widowed sister-in-law of his best friend, Ronnie. Each day as Pat heads out for his 10-mile run, Tiffany silently trails him, refusing to be shaken off by the object of her affection. The odd pair try to navigate a timid friendship, but as Pat is unable to discern friend from foe and reality from deranged optimism, every day proves to be a cringe-worthy adventure. Pat is as sweet as a puppy, and his offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So sad that I didn't find this group earlier! I just read this book two weeks ago and had no one to talk about it with!!! :(

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Heather M

    Great discussion - even though this was a mostly happy book! :) It was great seeing everyone and meeting the newbies!

    April 26, 2013

  • Paysha

    Fun talk, as always! Nice to see new faces!

    April 26, 2013

  • Tammy

    I really enjoyed the conversation about the book -- and the little off-topic chats were fun, too.

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly something unexpected has come up and I will be unable to attend. I was looking foward to discussing this book. Hopefully I can meet group members down the road. Have fun everyone!

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i never got the book from the library :(

    April 21, 2013

  • Christine

    Really enjoyed this book. This is going to be a great discussion!

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    April 16, 2013

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