The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

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The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

by Matthew Quick

Farrar, Straus And Giroux | October 16, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 4.

A heartwarming debut novel, now a major movie by David O. Russell--nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture), four Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards!

"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!

David O. Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of The Fighter, is helming his own adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook, featuring Bradley Cooper (People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive) in the role of Pat, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, and Jacki Weaver. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: "Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.21 × 5.45 × 0.87 in

Published: October 16, 2012

Publisher: Farrar, Straus And Giroux

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0374533571

ISBN - 13: 9780374533571

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Different From Movie The funny thing about this book is that I loved the movie way more. That never happens, but there you go. The book was still good enough for me to read to the end and there were parts that I enjoyed, but I just didn't get into it the way I did the movie. I think for me one of the problems is that I just don't like football all that much and football is a huge part of the book. And the book didn't have that same humourous, up front approach to mental illness that I appreciated in the movie. Unfortunately, I just didn't care about the main character all that much -- which is too bad because I wanted to. I feel kind of bad comparing the book to the movie so much, but it is hard not to because my expectations were raised, having seen the movie first. This just wasn't the book for me.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I definitely fell in love with Pat Peoples This book was so happy and beautiful yet tragic all at the same time. It definitely takes you through an emotional roller coaster, seeming so real at times. I love the characters and the story. However, if anyone is wondering about the book in relation to the movie, they are totally and completely different. I was very disappointed in the movie. 
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but Boring This book was an easy read. The author does an amazing job telling the story through the eyes of the main character, Pat, who has spent the past 4 years in a mental hospital. The book was not suspensful or action, which is usually more my type, so I did find it slow and boring at some points - But in the end I really did enjoy this book!
Date published: 2013-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a really fun read an emotional and fun read. there some mystery to the book. why did pat go crazy? what is up with tiffyany? all will be revealed at the end. this book is part emotional because of the way pat is and how he is treated. the humor is in OCD exercising and "crazy" tiffany. i really liked both characters. both fun yet there is an intensity to them- whether it is individually or together. i can see how some readers will not like tiffany. the book is sad at the same time...read it and you will see. never read something quiet like this. it was mind blowing but definitely different. could have toned down the football references (i'm not a sports fan). but i guess that is pat peoples for you. can't wait to see the movie.
Date published: 2012-12-24

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The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

by Matthew Quick

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.21 × 5.45 × 0.87 in

Published: October 16, 2012

Publisher: Farrar, Straus And Giroux

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0374533571

ISBN - 13: 9780374533571

About the Book

A heartwarming debut novel, soon to be a major movie by David O. Russell about a man who believes 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.

Read from the Book

Chapter OneAn Infinite Amount of Days Until My Inevitable Reunion with NikkiI don’t have to look up to know Mom is making another surprise visit. Her toenails are always pink during the summer months, and I recognize the flower design imprinted on her leather sandals; it’s what Mom purchased the last time she signed me out of the bad place and took me to the mall. Once again, Mother has found me in my bathrobe, exercising unattended in the courtyard, and I smile because I know she will yell at Dr. Timbers, asking him why I need to be locked up if I’m only going to be left alone all day. “Just how many push-ups are you going to do, Pat?” Mom says when I start a second set of one hundred without speaking to her. “Nikki—likes—a—man—with—a—developed—upper—body,” I say, spitting out one word per push-up, tasting the salty sweat lines that are running into my mouth. The August haze is thick, perfect for burning fat. Mom just watches for a minute or so, and then she shocks me. Her voice sort of quivers as she says, “Do you want to come home with me today?” I stop doing push-ups, turn my face up toward Mother’s, squint through the white noontime sun—and I can immediately tell she is serious, because she looks worried, as if she is making a mistake, and that’s how Mom looks when she means something she has said and isn’t just talking like she always does for hours on end whenever she’s not upset or afraid. “As long as you promise not to go looking for Nikki again,” she adds, “you can
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From the Publisher

A heartwarming debut novel, now a major movie by David O. Russell--nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture), four Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards!

"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!

David O. Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of The Fighter, is helming his own adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook, featuring Bradley Cooper (People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive) in the role of Pat, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, and Jacki Weaver. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: "Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut."

About the Author

In the six months that followed his leaving teaching and the Philadelphia area, Matthew Quick floated down the Peruvian Amazon and formed 'The Bardbarians' (a two-man literary circle), backpacked around Southern Africa, hiked to the bottom of a snowy Grand Canyon, soul-searched, and finally began writing full-time.
Matthew earned his Creative Writing MFA through Goddard College. He has since returned to the Philadelphia area, where he lives with his wife and their greyhound.

Editorial Reviews

I loved The Silver Linings Playbook. It is warm, funny, and moving.

Bookclub Guide

For Pat Peoples, despair is not an option. Recently released from a neural health facility and still recovering from a traumatic event that has been blocked from his memory, Pat is sure that he can find a silver lining in even the most challenging situation. He also believes that his life is a movie produced by God, and that if he can get himself in tip-top shape physically and emotionally, he will be reunited with the love of his life, his estranged wife, Nikki. Keeping Pat on the road to recovery is an unconventional therapist named Cliff Patel, whose obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles rivals Pat's. Along the way, Pat tries to understand why his family seems to be hiding something from him, why Kenny G's "Songbird" is one of the few things that makes him want to hit something, and why his new friend Tiffany thinks she can lure Pat away from Nikki. Tragically widowed and clinically depressed, Tiffany challenges Pat's view of the world, raising poignant questions about hope and love.
The discussion topics that follow are designed to enhance your reading of Matthew Quick's The Silver Linings Playbook. We hope they will enrich your experience of this inspiring tale.