Why did NPR's popular librarian Nancy Pearl pick The
Silver Linings Playbook as one of summer's best reads for
"Aawww shucks!" 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
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!
As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: "Tender,
soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook
is a wonderful debut."