The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

The Good Luck of Right Now

By Matthew Quick

  • Publication Date: 2014-02-11
  • Genre: Literary
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 95 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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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Latest User Reviews

  • What a surprise

    5
    By Kzeuthen
    What a surprise to find this gem of a book! The author writes characters that are deep and rich and real. I was inspired and was chuckling at the same time. I highly recommend this book.
  • The good luck of right now

    5
    By Helen Downing
    Authors rarely write equally successful novels one after another; in my opinion this is an encore that deserves a standing 'o'! The main character has such an endearing quality of naïveté and goodness we root for him all the way; the other important characters too are life-like, complex, and vivid. Our hero, Bartholomew, has been emotionally disturbed his entire life of 39 years and still living with his mother. Her death has a domino effect on her son's life, leading him to begin a series of letters to Richard Gere, his mother' favorite actor. Told through these letters, the story continues to unfold and lead us through a chain of surprising events as Bartholomew continues his quest to find " the good luck of right now".Told with a sense of humor, and a great sensitivity to emotional illness, Matthew Quick pulls us into the emotional roller coaster ride we had hoped he would all over again. Bravo!
  • Loved it

    5
    By Mimzzz24
    Amazing, inspirational book! A quick read that will cheer you up and make you happier while you are reading it. Would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Absolutely loved it.

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