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The Good Luck of Right Now

A Novel
Quick, Matthew (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Quick, Matthew, 1973-
Title: The good luck of right now
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 284 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Matthew Quick
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780062285539
006228553X
Branch Call Number: FICTION QUICK 2014
Subject Headings: Families Fiction
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Topical Term: Families
LCCN: 2013026035
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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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Jun 19, 2014
  • barkylee15 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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