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July - The Good Luck of Right Now, by Matthew Quick

In the summer, as the days get longer and the weather warmer, I get the urge to read amusing popular fiction (the kind of things that are fun to read over Fourth of July weekend, for example).  Hopefully you all feel the same, and are up for a dose of lightness! This year's July "pop lit" is the follow up novel from the author of Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick.  Who knows - maybe we'll be able to do a movie meetup if this one ends up on the big screen!

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Call it fate. Call it synchronicity. Call it an act of God. Call it . . . The Good Luck of Right Now. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes 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

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  • Jeanne

    I apologize. I thought today was Wednesday ,lost yesterday completely. I think it's the weather.

    July 15, 2014

  • Lara W.

    Huge group tonight! Great fun as always. Always interesting discussion.

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • JSeguritan

    As far as a movie production update on "The Good Luck of Right Now", there seems to be turmoil behind the scenes over "creative disagreements". It'll be interesting to see if the movie ever makes it onto the silver screen, and what direction the producers will ultimate go.

    http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/jonathan-dayton-valerie-faris-exit-dreamworks-the-good-luck-of-right-now/

    July 15, 2014

  • Jane

    It was so nice to see everyone and a BIG welcome to all the new members!

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • Pamela K.

    Really a great group!

    2 · July 14, 2014

    • Gina

      I love that it was real! Thanks for posting!

      July 14, 2014

  • Holli

    awwww. well, not to worry, there will always be the hemmingway house cats in key west.

    1 · July 14, 2014

  • Pamela K.

    Just received a notification that a spot opened up tonight, and want to get started with this club. ( I will read as much as I can on my lunch hour today--should of read the book anyway, just in case this happened, but would love to listen. Looking forward to meeting and participating in this club! Pam

    July 14, 2014

  • Jean G.

    I enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook, and am looking forward to this discussion before the film version of Good Luck... appears!

    July 12, 2014

  • Lorraine

    Looking forward to meeting all of you. See you next week!

    July 7, 2014

  • Pamela K.

    I too am looking forward to meeting everyone and joining in on the book discussions.

    June 20, 2014

  • Jane

    Amazon is offering the Kindle version for $1.99!

    2 · May 13, 2014

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