The Good Luck of Right Now

By Matthew Quick
Publisher:Harper, (2/11/2014)

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From Matthew Quick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, comes The Good Luck of Right Now, a funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere—an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.

A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more.

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Book Junky's thoughts on "The Good Luck of Right Now"
updated on:6/28/2014

I really liked the concept of this book. I loved the end of it. And there is plenty to discuss - What is normal? How can pretending something is true (Richard Gere’s friendship and the Aliens) help you cope with tragedy? What roll does faith play in our lives? Is there any validity to the theory of “the good luck of right now” Bartholomew’s mom told him about? How is the “tangent that has led us away from the past into the now” handled by the characters? How do YOU handle it? Bartholomew uses an equation of what happened in his life and what his life now equals (p.217), what would your equation be? Does God do coincidences? What constitutes family? What did you think of the beauty Max saw in the Cat Parliament? What is your “life goal” and how did the character’s goals help them progress? - For all the good things there was to discuss, I gotta say, I did not care for the writing. The whole thing is written in various letters to Richard Gere. Which is clever, but felt “too clever” if you know what I mean. It felt like a writing student being overly clever to get the easy A instead of really developing the story in it’s natural state. And the main character, and writer of the letters, is suppose to be “mentally challenged” but the language and some of the concepts and observations he makes seem way above the mental level that the character is suppose to be at accruing to the narrator. Which, maybe there is some deeper message in that… but I just could not “buy it” - it did not read genuine to the character’s description. This highly irritated me for a long time (especially when you have read something like “Room” in the past), well it irritated me for as long as the story just kind drug on in the beginning. But once the story started to pick up (about half way through) then I just gave myself permission to let go of this irritation and go with the story. Then it all became much better. Overall, easy read, fun discussion is possible, but don’t read this one for the writing.

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"The Good Luck of Right Now"
By Matthew Quick

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