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The Silver Linings Playbook

A Novel

by Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2008
    304 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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.

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. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: 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 and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only 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.

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"[T]his offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser. " - Publishers Weekly.

"[I]ts judicious blending of pop-culture experience with richly persuasive characterizations...make the book a winner. Most readers will find Pat just about irresistible." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Matthew Quick Author Biography

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Matthew Quick is the author of The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film, and the young adult novels Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. He is married to the novelist-pianist Alicia Bessette.

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