It’s been a busy week for tours! Today’s title is a sweet story from Matthew Quick, The Good Luck of Right Now.
About Matthew Quick:
Matthew Quick is the author of The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film, and the young adult novels Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. He is married to the novelist-pianist Alicia Bessette.
About The Good Luck of Right Now:
Call it fate
Call it synchronicity
Call it an act of God
Call it… The Good Luck of Right Now
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 by writing Richard Gere a series of 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, foulmouthed 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 Bartholomew’s biological father… and discover so much more.
The Good Luck of Right Now is a story told mostly in letters, specifically letters to Richard Gere. Yes, the movie star. (On a side note, I used to have a huge huge crush on Richard Gere. Way, way back when…)
Bartholomew Neil isn’t the most ambitious of people. He’s also not the smartest. Or cleverest. Or friendliest. About the only superlative that can be applied to Bartholomew is shyest. Because he is. He’s lived all his life with his mother, until she passes away from cancer. His father’s not in the picture, so now Bartholomew’s trying to figure out how to manage in the big bad world outside all by himself.
He has support from a few people. His priest, Father McNamee, who’s been around as long as Bartholomew can remember. Wendy, a college student slash grief counselor, who introduces Bartholomew to group counseling where he meets Max, who’s a tad overenthusiastic with swearing (no, it’s not on purpose).
Anyway. Bartholomew is lonely and sad, and writes letters to Richard as an outlet for his angst and thoughts and questions. He’s not expecting any replies – I don’t even know if he mails the letters out. But the process, and just thinking about what Richard would say or do, gives him the courage to pursue actions that he never would have otherwise. Like having a beer in a bar, with a friend.
Bartholomew grows quite a bit between the first and the last page of The Good Luck of Right Now, and Matthew Quick makes the journey interesting. This is a quirky and sweet read that’ll have you turning the pages to see if Bartholomew ever gets where he wants to go. Pick it up!
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read The Good Luck of Right Now? What did you think? And if you haven’t, read on to win your own copy!
Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours, I have one copy of The Good Luck of Right Now for you. This one’s open to US & Canada residents only; no PO Boxes please. To enter, fill out the form below before March 12th. Good luck!