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Matthew Quick - Author

About the Author

Matthew Quick, 33, is a writer living in Massachusetts. His work has appeared in the Boston Phoenix, Meridian, The Sun, Agni and several other journals. The Silver Linings Playbook is his first novel.

Featured books by Matthew Quick

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

A powerful and important book for fans of Mark Haddon, THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and Jay Asher. How would you spend your birthday if you knew it would be your last? Eighteen-year-old Leonard Peacock knows exactly what he'll do. He'll say goodbye. Not to his mum - who he calls Linda because it annoys her - who's moved out and left him to fend for himself. Nor to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing the unthinkable. But to his four friends: a Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour, a teenage violin virtuoso, a pastor's daughter and a teacher. Most of the time, Leonard believes he's weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he's not. He wants to thank them, and say goodbye. In this riveting and heart-breaking book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick introduces Leonard Peacock, a hero as warm and endearing as he is troubled. And he shows how just a glimmer of hope can make the world of difference.

eBooks of the Month
The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2010

 Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 28 March 2010. A funny and heart-breaking novel about a man, Pat, recovering from a mental breakdown that had him incarcerated in a mental institution for 4 years. His one goal is to create the perfect body and mind and win back the wife who left him. Whether he achieves his goals or not the journey he takes and the relationships with his family and friends make for an excellent, enthralling read that will keep you routing for Pat all the way.     The film adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook has received the following 8 Oscar nominations in 2013.   BEST PICTURE Bradley Cooper for BEST ACTOR Jennifer Lawrence for BEST ACTRESS Robert DeNiro for ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Jacki Weaver for ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE David O. Russell for BEST DIRECTOR Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers for FILM EDITING David O. Russell for WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Matthew Quick

All Together Now!

All Together Now!

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/08/2020

** NOW A NETFLIX FILM STARRING AULI'I CRAVALHO AND CAROL BURNETT ** Amber Appleton has a lot to be thankful for. OR Amber Appleton has never had it easy. Both are true. On the one hand, she's got the best friends a seventeen year old could ask for and a loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy. On the other, her mum frequently has too much to drink, Amber's never quite sure where her next meal will come from and ever since her mum's latest boyfriend kicked them out, Amber and her mum have been living in the back of a school bus. Amber has always found it easy to be upbeat, to find the light in the darkest of situations. Until, that is, an unimaginable tragedy occurs. Forced to rethink her way of life, can Amber remain a rock star of hope? This is the story of a very special teenager, whose faith and hope is tested to the limit.

The Reason You're Alive

The Reason You're Alive

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

When sixty-eight-year-old Vietnam War veteran David Granger wakes up from emergency surgery, he finds himself repeating a name: Clayton Fire Bear, a soldier from whom he stole something long ago. And now, David knows he must make amends. It might be the only way to find happiness in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect, and it might also help him recover from the loss of the wife he grieves for every day. Motivated by his adoring young granddaughter, Ella, David sets out to confront his past in order to salvage his present. Grumpy and argumentative he may be, but ultimately The Reason You're Alive challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in others.

Reason You're Alive

Reason You're Alive

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Ebook Release Date: 13/07/2017

When sixty-eight-year-old Vietnam War veteran David Granger wakes up from emergency surgery, he finds himself repeating a name: Clayton Fire Bear, a soldier from whom he stole something long ago. And now, David knows he must make amends. It might be the only way to find happiness in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect, and it might also help him recover from the loss of the wife he grieves for every day. Motivated by his adoring young granddaughter, Ella, David sets out to confront his past in order to salvage his present. Grumpy and argumentative he may be, but ultimately The Reason You're Alive challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in others.

Every Exquisite Thing

Every Exquisite Thing

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/02/2017

From Matthew Quick, bestselling author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, comes EVERY EXQUISITE THING, a quirky and deeply moving novel about a teen's journey through love, rebellion and belonging. For readers who love John Green and Rainbow Rowell. 'Books like Quick's are necessary' New York Times Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hard-working student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper - the mysterious, out-of-print cult-classic - the rebel within Nanette awakens. As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young but troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price. A celebration of the self and the formidable power of story, Every Exquisite Thing is Matthew Quick at his finest.

Love May Fail

Love May Fail

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2016

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook. 'Brilliant . . . compulsively readable . . . Love May Fail is as wholly transporting as any cinematic experience' GQ Portia Kane has escaped her cheating husband only to find herself back at square one, living with her mum in a place she thought she'd left behind forever. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness she believes still exists in the world, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else - a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident. Can Chuck, the handsome brother of Portia's old school friend, together with a sassy nun and a metal-head little boy, help Portia's chances in her bid for renewed hope in the human race? Moving and funny, Love May Fail by Matthew Quick is about the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know deep down you are meant to be.

Flugstunden

Flugstunden

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/03/2016

Nur wer fallt, lernt fliegen. Portia Kane ist in einer Sackgasse angelangt. Sie hat ihr Leben vermasselt. Aber eines gibt es noch, was sie tun kann: Sie beschliet, ihren Lieblingslehrer aus der Highschool zu retten, den Mann, dem sie alles zu verdanken hat. Frher hat er seine Schler Papierflugzeuge basteln und beschriften lassen, um sie Optimismus und Hoffnung zu lehren. Doch nach einem schockierenden Gewaltakt im Klassenzimmer hat er sich von der Welt zurckgezogen. Portia mchte ihn ins Leben zurckholen, so sehr, wie sie daran glauben mchte, dass das Gute auf der Welt existiert. Eine halluzinierende Nonne und ein Exjunkie stehen ihr zur Seite, als eine Reise voller Wunder und Rckschlge ihren Anfang nimmt. Eine Geschichte ber den Mut, das zu werden, was wir zu sein bestimmt sind.

The Good Luck of Right Now

The Good Luck of Right Now

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

From Matthew Quick, the bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook. 'Original, compelling, uplifiting' Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project. Bartholomew Neil is thirty-nine and lost. After the death of his beloved mum he has no idea how to be on his own, and he knows it's about time he found his flock. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded learn how to fly? And what can Richard Gere, a beautiful librarian, a struggling priest and a foul-mouthed and troubled young man teach Bartholomew about finding love and happiness? Whatever it is, Bartholomew is in for a lot more than he bargained for . . . 'The Good Luck of Right Now is original, compelling, and uplifting . . . His writing is shot through with wit and humanity' Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

Die Sache mit dem Gluck

Die Sache mit dem Gluck

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Ebook Release Date: 19/12/2014

New-York-Times-Bestsellerautor Matthew Quick hat nach "e;Silver Linings"e; eine witzige und zartliche Geschichte uber Gluck, Familie, Freundschaft, Trauer, Akzeptanz und Richard Gere geschrieben. Bartholomew hat immer bei seiner Mutter gelebt. Als sie stirbt, muss er pltzlich allein zurechtkommen. Aber das sagt sich so leicht. Bartholomew ist 39. Beim Aufrumen ihres Schlafzimmers findet er einen Brief von Richard Gere wieder. Darin ruft der Hollywoodstar zum Boykott der Olympischen Spiele in Peking auf, wegen Tibet. Der Brief muss Mom viel bedeutet haben, sonst htte sie ihn nicht in ihrer Unterwscheschublade aufbewahrt. Nun versteht Bartholomew auch, warum sie ihn in ihren letzten Tagen, als sie schon sehr durcheinander war, immer nur "e;Richard"e; genannt hat. Er beschliet, dem Schauspieler Briefe zu schreiben. ber Moms Theorie vom Glck, ber Auerirdische, Buddhismus und die Liebe zu Katzen. Und ber die junge Bibliothekarin, die er schon seit Jahren einmal ansprechen mchte. Bis jetzt hat Richard Gere noch nicht geantwortet, aber Bartholomew ist sicher, er wird ihm bei seinem Neuanfang helfen. Ein hchst unterhaltsamer und inspirierender Roman, der einen ber die Grnde des Universums nachgrbeln und ber die Kraft der Gte und der Liebe staunen lsst. Graeme Simsion, der Autor des Bestsellers "e;Das Rosie-Projekt"e;, urteilte:"e;Die Sache mit dem Glck ist genau das, was ich von Matthew Quick erwartet habe: originell, fesselnd, erhebend."e; 2015 wird der Roman in den USA von Jonathan Dayton und Valerie Faris verfilmt, den doppelten Oscar-Gewinnern des Erfolgsfilms "e;Little Miss Sunshine"e;.

Boy21

Boy21

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

A moving tale of incredible friendship for fans of Jay Asher, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and David Levithan. It's never been easy for Finley, particularly at home. But two things keep him going: his place on the basketball team and his girlfriend, Erin - the light in even the darkest of his days. Then Russ arrives. He answers only to Boy21, claims to be from outer space, and also has a past he wants to escape. He's one of the best high school basketball players in the country and threatens to steal Finley's starting position. Against all the odds, Russ and Finley become friends. Russ could change everything for Finley, both for better and for worse. But sometimes the person you least expect can give you the courage to face what's gone before ...and work out where you're going next.

Sorta Like A Rockstar

Sorta Like A Rockstar

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2013

Amber Appleton has a lot to be thankful for. OR Amber Appleton has never had it easy. Both are true. On the one hand, she's got the best friends a seventeen year old could ask for and a loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy. On the other, her mum frequently has too much to drink, Amber's never quite sure where her next meal will come from and ever since her mum's latest boyfriend kicked them out, Amber and her mum have been living in the back of a school bus. Amber has always found it easy to be upbeat, to find the light in the darkest of situations. Until, that is, an unimaginable tragedy occurs. Forced to rethink her way of life, can Amber remain a rock star of hope? This is the story of a very special teenager, whose faith and hope is tested to the limit.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Ebook Release Date: 13/08/2013

In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was--that I couldn't stick around--and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault.Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol.Maybe one day he'll believe that being different is okay, important even. But not today.The New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick, brings an unflinchingly eye to the impossible choices we deal with every day--and the light in us all that never goes out.

Silver Linings

Silver Linings

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/03/2013

Der New-York-Times-Bestseller: "e;Ein Herzensbrecher von einem Roman."e;Kirkus ReviewEigentlich hat Pat nach seinem Psychiatrie-Aufenthalt nur eins im Sinn: seine Frau Nikki zurckzuerobern. Aber sosehr sie ihn auch beschftigt, zu Gesicht bekommt er sie nicht. Und dafr gibt es gute Grnde. Stattdessen ist da Tiffany, die Schwgerin seines besten Freundes. Sie ist verwitwet, depressiv, nymphoman und luft ihm beim Joggen hinterher. So beginnt die skurrile Freundschaft zwischen zwei Auenseitern, die beide fest an ein Happy End im Leben glauben. Eine anrhrende, tragikomische Geschichte, die Lebensfreude versprht und Hoffnung gibt.

The Silver Linings Playbook (film tie-in)

The Silver Linings Playbook (film tie-in)

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/10/2012

Pat Peoples knows that life doesn't always go according to plan, but he's determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat's parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they've been keeping from him threaten to come out . . . The Silver Linings Playbook is a touching and very funny novel, from the author of The Good Luck of Right Now.

Sorta Like A Rock Star

Sorta Like A Rock Star

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/05/2010

';This special book dares us to embrace audacious hope. Amber Appleton is my hero.'Sara Zarr, author of Once Was Lost and National Book Award finalist Story of a GirlAmber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B), have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self- proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimismand her way of lifecan Amber continue to be the rock star of hope? With an oddball cast of characters, this heartwarming, inspiring novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope. The world is Amber's stage, and Amber is, well . . . she's sorta like a rock star. True? True.From the Compact Disc edition.

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Author: Matthew Quick Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/09/2008

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, an enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G. 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. The problem is that Pat is now home, living with his parents, and everything seems off; 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, physically fit, and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, but only if 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 "e;contract."e; 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.