The Good Luck of Right Now

A Novel

Quick, Matthew

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Good Luck of Right Now
When his mother dies, 38-year-old Bartholomew Neil, who doesn't know how to be on his own, discovers a letter in his mother's underwear drawer that causes him to write a series of highly intimate letters to actor Richard Gere, while embarking on a quest to find out where he belongs.
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062285539
Branch Call Number: FICTION QUICK 2014
Characteristics: 284 pages ;,24 cm


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A man who has spent his life living with his mother must determine what to do with the rest of his life when she dies.

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, Saturda... Read More »

Call it fate Call it synchronicity Call it an act of God Call it . . . The Good Luck of Right Now. 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.

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Oct 29, 2014
  • becker rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

There are lots of good ratings on this book but I think it was a bit too quirky to be a good choice for me.

Oct 25, 2014
  • Aliya48 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A rather strange read with good character development but not necessarily great plot. I have to wonder what Richard Gere thinks of this.

Sep 03, 2014
  • Audrey1976 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quirky and very quick read. I was rooting for Bartholomew from the very beginning of the book. Matthew Quick has a talent for tapping into mental/social issues (he also wrote Silver Linings Playbook). Would love to see a movie version, with Richard Gere starring, of course!

Aug 20, 2014
  • Septemberly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. The chapters are actually letters to Richard Gere. Very interesting.

Aug 02, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Odd and enjoyable! Each chapter is a letter to Richard Gere written by Bartholomew. We can tell by the letters that Bartholomew is trying to work through quite a few issues. I'm thinking maybe I should start writing Richard Gere so I can work through my issues too!

Jun 19, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quirky, very flawed characters and an unconventional story-I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Jun 04, 2014
  • YoNella rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I did not read "The Silver Linings Playbook" but I did see the movie. After reading "The Good Luck of Right Now", I think I may go back and read it too. This book is epistolary in format, which takes a bit of getting used to, but then it sucks you in. You will want to know the answers to the mysteries and questions. The protagonist is very likeable. From his letters/language you wonder why people (and the angry man in his stomach) call him a 'retard'. The writing is earnest and sweet and humorous.

Mar 13, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a very interesting book with some very broken characters, all trying to save each other. The irony of this book is that the person that they all thought was most broken, was the one who kept them all intact. Good read.

Dec 29, 2013
  • Michael Colford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Characters in novels are often flawed: the drink too much, they’re short-tempered; the flirt a little two much, but the characters in Matthew Quick’s (Q’s) novels suffer from slightly more serious cognitive challenges. What potential mental disorder Batholomew suffers from is never explicitly stated, but it certainly seems like slightly more than a socially-awkward 40-year-old who has never held a job and has lived with his mother all his life. In fact there’s a very angry man in Bartholomew’s belly who rages in frustration and belittles his host with such taunts as “retard,” when Bartholomew is faced with challenges he has trouble facing. As his mother succumbs to brain cancer, Bartholomew begins to channel her favorite actor, Richard Gere, in order to make her happy in her last days. After she dies, he decides to start up a correspondence with the actor, inspired by his mother’s stories about Gere’s kindess and need to help free Tibet.

The Good Luck of Right Now is a remarkable novel; each chapter structured as a letter written to Richard Gere. It’s the story of a damaged man who suddenly finds himself without the person who was his world, struggling to makes sense of what is supposed to happen next. His only help include a self-defrocked Catholic priest, a grad student therapist assigned to help Bartholomew even when she can’t help herself, a similarly troubled man named Max who can’t get over the death of his beloved Alice, and the Girlbrarian, who Bartholomew has watched shelve books at the library for months.

Quick’s characters are funny and sad at the same time. They deal with challenges from within and without, and somehow seem truer and more authentic than 95% of the rest of the characters in fiction today. He writes moving prose without seems sentimental, and knows how to keep the pace quick and satisfying. I would highly recommend this novel.


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