The Silver Linings PlaybookeBook - 2008
An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.
A New York Times bestseller, The Silver Linings Playbook was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It tells 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.
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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Controversy with our list! Some said the book topped the 2012 movie; others argued for the book. With a split decision we included both. Try them both side to side and settle the dispute for us!
vpl_booksjustforyou Aug 07, 2013
Pat Peoples has just been released from an asylum and is still a bit unclear as to how long he has been “away”. Much has changed and family and friends are reluctant to fill him in on details they feel will upset him – especially as regards his estranged wife Nikki. Pat finds peace through weight... Read More »
Pat Peoples has just been released from an asylum and is still a bit unclear as to how long he has been “away”. Much has changed, and family and friends are reluctant to fill him in on details they feel will upset him – especially with regards to his estranged wife Nikki.
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