Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

In a series of letters to Richard Gere, Bartholomew Neil tells us his story of what happened after the death of his mother. He was her primary caretaker during her life, and now his life feels a bit empty. He has few friends, most prominently Father McNamee the local priest. With his therapist he has made a few goals including having a beer with a friend at a bar, and more privately talking to the Girlbrarian who he watches work at the library.

While working towards his own new normal, things quickly spiral out of control when Father McNamee renounces his priesthood and moves in with Bartholomew. As his mother told him, one persons bad luck is another person's good luck, and he sees no reason not to let Father McNamee move in. In another therapy session Bartholomew meets Max, and Max just might be the key to Bartholomew meeting some of his goals.

Matthew Quick is a master of quirky characters dealing with dark issues. Bartholomew is an insightful, unintentionally hysterical and slightly unreliable narrator who looks at the world a bit differently than expected. Like his other adult novel, Silver Linings Playbook, The Good Luck of Right Now is going to be made into a movie, so pick up the book before it hits the big screen!

Check out The Good Luck of Right Now @ the library