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 4.25 out of 5 by 24.

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 4 out of 5 by from So good Watched the movie a couple years back. It's better than the movie. A light and easy read when you aren't sure what to read.
Date published: 2015-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Great book. Liked the book better than the movie, just like any book that gets it's shot at the big screen. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2015-05-13
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 4 out of 5 by from Good character study Well written and insightful look into the life of an interesting character. Easy quick read too.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silver Linings Playbook Seriously one of the best books I have ever read!
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thee silver linings playbook Tender and with insight
Date published: 2014-04-08
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 Different yet delightful read I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the movie and recommend both. I love comparing books to movies and most of the time (if not all the time) the books tend to be better. I must admit that this book and the movie adaptation were very different so they were both equally good in their own right. The one thing I was really pleased about was that the movie stayed true to Pat and Tiffany's quirks-personality. Since I saw the movie first, I think Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence still made the perfect Pat and Tiffany in the book. Just a recommendation to those who have not seen the movie or read the book...I recommend you read the book first because key sequences in the book are switched up in the movie. But both are still different enough to give you that element of surprise regardless of which work you looked at first.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different yet delightful read I found this book did not live up to the things I had heard about it. I found that there was not much depth explored with many of the characters. It was entertaining enough for me to read the whole thing but not necessarily something I would recommend to anyone else.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different yet delightful read A fantastic read! The narrators voice alone was enough to make it a worthwhile read, the heart wrenching story, complex characters, perfectly paced plot, and touching moments were just a bonus!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Silver Linings Playbook I love the first person and direct, conversational writing style. The "montage" and the way it was woven into the "my life as a movie" theme was clever. Lost some sleep reading, but it was worth it. I finished the book still cheering for him to regain his full cognitive and emotional functioning.
Date published: 2014-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Silver Linings Playbook Very well written and descriptive. Not too wordy or long.-
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Silver Linings Playbook Loved it! Recommend it to all my fellow counseling peeps. Good depiction of the impact of mental illness on a family.
Date published: 2013-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Wow....a million x's better then the movie.
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie! Nothing like the movie, 10 times better. Loved it!
Date published: 2013-06-04
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 5 out of 5 by from Nothing like the movie The movie did NOT do this book justice at all. Such an amazing read
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Novel A great novel for anyone interested in the theme of soul-searching.
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well done Very enjoyable and hard to put down.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it Read it in 3 days. Liked it!
Date published: 2013-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Awesome both the book and the movie
Date published: 2013-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I liked it! An easy read with depth and several moments which spawned self-reflection. Now I'm looking forward to seeing Jennifer Lawrence earn her Oscar.
Date published: 2013-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The True Silver Lining. This book is a truly touching must read! The real silver lining in this book is how much better you feel when you finish reading it. Pat's story is so moving and you instantly connect with him and wish or the best. I would definitely recommend this book, as I have just finished it for the second time. Just a warning: the recent film strays far from the original book. I would recommend reading the book first just o get a better background on the characters.
Date published: 2013-03-16
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

"Matthew Quick has created quite the heartbreaker of a novel in The Silver Linings Playbook." -from the Kirkus First Fiction Issue"Matthew Quick is a natural storyteller, and his Silver Linings Playbook--honest, wise, and compassionate--is a story that carries the reader along on a gust of optimism. Without shying away from the difficulties of domestic life, it charts a route past those challenges, and leaves us with a lingering sense of hope. More than a promising debut or an inspiring love story, this novel offers us the gift of healing." -Roland Merullo, author of In Revere, In Those Days"You don't have to be a Philadelphia Eagles' fan (or even from Philadelphia) to appreciate talented newcomer Matthew Quick's page-turning paean to the power of hope over experience--the belief that this will all work out somehow, despite the long odds that life deals us. Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut." -Justin Cronin, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of Mary and O'Neil and The Summer Guest"The hero of Matthew Quick's first novel is Pat Peoples, amnesiac optimist and absolute original, whose dysfunctional journey takes him from big-league fandom to competitive dance and a host of other modern preoccupations. This is a funny, touching performance on the part of Mr. Quick--and the beginning, I hope, of a big career." -Dave King, author of The Ha-Ha"Entertaining and heartfelt and authentic, The Silver Linings Playbook magically binds
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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.