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The Silver Linings Playbook has an intriguing plot in which the story is revealed little by little to the reader. It starts out with Pat Peoples, who has just been released from hospital, but doesn't have all his memories. He thinks he's only been in the hospital a short while but, in fact, he's been there for four years and, we later discover, he was put there because he nearly beat a man to death after finding him in a compromising position with his wife.

As Pat is released from hospital, he determines to become the kind of man his wife Nikki would want to be with. He starts a rigorous physical and mental regimen, jogging everyday and reading great works of literature. He also begins a friendship with Tiffany, a widow who has just lost her job. Tiffany invites him to open up and try new things, coercing him into taking part in a dance competition with her, in exchange for taking his letters to his wife.

However, we later discover that Tiffany doesn't actually take the letters to Nikki but responds to them herself. When Pat discovers what she's done, he's angry and shocked, but he soon realizes that Nikki is happy with her new life and family and determines to leave her alone. Meanwhile, our two neurotic protagonists are given a chance to come together despite their mental problems or, perhaps, because of them.

This is a moving and well-plotted book where the reader gets just enough information to keep him/her going. You don't know Pat's past right away and the process of discovering who he really is takes you into the mind of someone who has deliberately pushed away his memories. Tiffany's manipulative nature is also, at heart, well-intentioned, and serves to endear her to the reader. Quick shows us how you don't have to be successful in the eyes of the world in order to find solace in the company of another human being.

The Silver Linings Playbook was made into an acclaimed movie entitled "Silver Linings Playbook" appropriately enough. The film received eight Academy Award nominations and garnered an Best Actress Oscar for Jennifer Lawrence.

Matthew Quick grew up in Oaklyn, NJ, got a Bachelor's in English Literature from La Salle University and an MFA from Goddard College. At first, he worked as an English teacher, giving impassioned speeches about living the life of your dreams. Eventually, he realized that he was not living the life he dreamed about and left his job. After a great deal of traveling and soul-searching, he disappeared into his in-laws' basement and reemerged three years later with the manuscript of The Silver Linings Playbook which was published and made into an award-winning movie of the same name. He has also written a young adult novel called Boy 21.

The Silver Linings Playbook is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife’s betrayal, an enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.

During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. The problem is that Pat is now home, living with his parents, and everything seems off; no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

When Pat meets the tragically widowed, physically fit, and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, but only if he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year’s Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their “contract.” All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining.

In this brilliantly written debut novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook  is a wonderful debut.” 

    Justin Cronin, PEN/Hemingway Award–winning and New York Times bestselling author 

  • “Charming…Mr. Quick guides the reader through the mounting tension—a braiding of hope, illusion, befuddlement, and newly discovered truths. Not every cloud has a silver lining in The Silver Linings Playbook, but it is hard not to be moved by the fate of a man who, despite many ordeals, tries to believe in hope and fidelity, not to mention getting through another day with his sanity intact.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Aawww shucks. 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, The Silver Linings Playbook. I also thought of starting off the review with a photo of me hugging the book and grinning like an idiot—I liked it that much.”

    Nancy Pearl, Pearl’s Picks, NPR’s ‘Summer’s Best Books’ (2009)

  • “[A] plucky debut novel…Quick fills the pages with so much absurd wit and true feeling that it’s impossible not to cheer for his unlikely hero.”

    People

  • “Pat Peoples is the protagonist and the narrator of The Silver Linings Playbook. I found him compelling and fascinating, and I found myself not only caring about him but rooting for him unashamedly, which, for an author is, I believe, what they mean by scoring a tour de force…From the beer-soaked Bacchanalian tailgating to the black holes of despair into which Iggles fans plunge themselves after a defeat, Quick is dead-on.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “[A] touching and funny debut…Pat is as sweet as a puppy, and his offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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…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

  • “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 together love, madness, Philadelphia Eagles football, faith, family, and hard-earned hope into a story that is both profound and wonderfully beguiling. This is a splendid novel, written by a big-time talent.”

    Martin Clark, author of The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living and The Legal Limit 

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

    Shawn McBride, author of Green Grass Grace

  • “A zig-zagging, dizzyingly page-turning tale of self-discovery.”

    Psychologies magazine

  • “In Quick’s immensely likable debut novel, an emotionally damaged loser runs a complex pattern that transforms him into a hero we can all root for…Its judicious blending of pop-culture experience with richly persuasive characterizations (including a beautiful indirect one of Pat’s overburdened mom) make the book a winner…Most readers will find Pat just about irresistible.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Ray Porter’s performance is top-notch…Porter lets listeners feel Pat’s confusion and struggle…The movie is good. Porter’s narration makes the audiobook even better. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2009 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Honourable Mention

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cindy79 | 2/19/2014

    " I would've given this book 4.5 stars if I could because it was really beautiful. People who saw the movie and liked it: I recommend you read the book too. It's different from the movie and in my opinion more beautiful (although it might be the combination of seeing the movie first so already having the pictures in my mind while reading the book). Yeah. I am touched and impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer Archer | 2/12/2014

    " I am ranking this book based on my level of enjoyment, rather than perfection. I got 5 stars of enjoyment out of it, despite the fact that the dialogue sometimes sounded unrealistic -- not like a real person talking. The characters, on the other hand, were SO REAL. They could be frustrating and I sometimes wanted to slap some sense into them (just like in real life), but I was rooting for them from Chapter One. Funny, sad, heartbreaking, heartwarming. I loved this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Meghan Kickbush decker | 1/28/2014

    " Overrated. Hated the voice! Didn't find it particularly inspiring, nor did it inspire "hope" in me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rochelle | 1/22/2014

    " Quick read...kept my attention...loved the characters "

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