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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Quick Narrator: Cris Dukehart, Jim Meskimen, Lorna Raver, Tim Fannon, Tonya Campos Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal.

Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident.

Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Quick nails it again with his quirky-but-damaged characters and gritty real-life stories—but this time, it’s an ex-wife of a cheating pornographer, her hoarder of a mother, and her former high school English teacher both moving and delighting us.”


  • “Mr. Quick excels at writing what he knows and making readers feel intimately connected to his characters. Love May Fail also reflects his mastery of devising humorous dialogue, interlaced with rabid vulgarity.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Quick specializes in offbeat characters who’ve been knocked down but won’t stay down….Both irreverent and inspiring.”

    Nashville Arts

  • “This darkly funny, profanity-filled novel fits together, jagged edges and all, and readers will be engrossed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An easy, enjoyable, and thoughtful read with laughs and tears along the way.”

    Library Journal

  • “Quick, an ex-teacher, nails the symbiotic student-teacher relationship, with all of its attendant baggage, squarely on the head in this engaging slice-of-life dramedy with definite big-screen potential.”


  • “[An] ode to bygone pop culture and the unattainable literary life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A multicast presentation is ideal for this convoluted story and its many characters…Narrator Cris Dukehart skillfully presents Kane’s anger and self-loathing and, finally, her determination as she seeks out her high school English teacher, the one man who’s never let her down. Jim Meskimen deftly portrays the diminished Mr. Vernon, who left teaching after being attacked by a student. Kane comes alive as she helps him rediscover his love of teaching. Most entertaining is Lorna Raver as wine-loving, spirited Sister Maeve Smith, who never gives up praying for Kane and Vernon. Listeners will be exhilarated by this loving tribute to teachers, writers, and literature.”


  • “Quick immediately pulls you into his outrageous, in-your-face tale of love, loss and ’80s metal, skillfully intertwining the stories of four characters. His writing is powerful, and oftentimes quite heartbreaking, but the conclusion of this emotional ride makes you recognize and appreciate a successful writer’s capabilities.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)

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About the Narrators

Tim Fannon is an actor, director, and teaching artist living in Los Angeles. He received his MFA in acting from Brooklyn College and has studied Shakespeare at the Royal National Theatre and the British Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and in Stratford-upon-Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Tonya Campos started her radio career at the age of fourteen in Visalia, California. She came to Los Angeles in 1987 and continues to work in radio as a Program Director. Tonya has done extensive voice work throughout her career including national commercials, voicing shows for the internet, and narrating many instructional service videos for major companies.