- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harper (Feb. 11 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006228553X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062285539
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #483,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A gratifying romp….Fans of The Silver Linings Playbook know Quick’s penchant for emotionally troubled, big-hearted characters, and Good Luck will satisfy those readers and new ones alike.” (People (Three Stars))
“It’s impossible not to love each of these deeply flawed characters….As funny as it is touching, Quick’s latest effort is on par with Silver Linings.” (USA Today, Four Stars)
“A page turner...Easy to read but difficult to characterize. Part fairy tale and part vision quest…[it] could more aptly be called an adult-onset bildungsroman….Quick, a master scene-setter, details Neil’s personal tragedy in prose that is simultaneously funny and devastating.” (Boston Globe)
“Original, compelling, uplifting. Quick celebrates the power of ordinary, flawed human beings to rescue themselves and each other. His writing is shot through with wit and humanity and an ultimately optimistic view of people, without ever becoming sentimental.” (Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project)
“Mr. Quick ventures to the edges of society,...He rewards us with an irresistible urge to think the best of humanity, to understand not only the need to walk in someone else’s shoes but also the altruistic power attained from doing so.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“Funny, touching, wise, and ultimately life-affirming, THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW is quite possibly the greatest feel-good misfit-road story I’ve had the good luck to read. If you loved THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, this book is for you.” (Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain)
“Winningly madcap.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Everything I relish in a story: a flawed but sympathetic protagonist, a page-turning plot, and a cast of emotionally scarred characters for whom I rooted wholeheartedly. I loved this novel from its quirky and unconventional opening to its poignant, tear-inducing conclusion.” (Wally Lamb, author of We are Water and Wishin' and Hopin')
“A knockout of a book that has something for everyone: humor, wisdom, plot twists, wholly original characters and Richard Gere.” (BookPage)
“Life-affirming….Begins as a character study and morphs into a road novel, blending humorous set pieces-pack a Canadian hotel with UFO abductees and there’s bound to be fun-with poignant revelations about the novel’s main characters. It’s an unabashed tear-jerker.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product description
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This novel is told in the form of letters. Specifically letters from regular guy, Bartholomew Neil to super star actor and activist, Richard Gere. I really enjoyed the letter format. In this format Bartholomew is able to be at his most honest and shares details with Richard Gere that he may not share with someone he knows and has to see on a daily basis. It gives us real insight into Bartholomew’s character while simultaneously making some very interesting points about the power of celebrity and their influence over us.
The humour in this book was spot on. It often caused me to erupt into giggles in the middle of a crowded subway. From Bartholomew’s observations of the world around him to Max’s colourful language this book will have you in stitches. But there are also some brilliant bits of wisdom woven into that humour. I often found myself reading passages twice – once to laugh and the second time to appreciate how beautiful the sentiment was.
Another element I really appreciated was the way religion was presented. Primarily because it wasn’t presented as an oppressive, negative force. I think The Good Luck of Right Now shows all the different ways people find comfort in their faith – from the traditional to the bizarre. I also liked that there was an intersection of religions – specifically Catholicism and Buddhism. Both have doctrines and philosophies that Bartholomew draws on throughout the course of the novel and I liked that Quick didn’t present it as an either-or situation. Bartholomew wasn’t less Catholic because he chose to embody some Buddhist teachings. If anything the two religions enhanced one another and I think that could lead to some really interesting discussions.
And perhaps best of all Canada makes an appearance! (Ok not best of all but still pretty awesome). As the novel progresses Bartholomew makes a number of friends – a defrocked priest, an extreme cat lover and a girl who has been abducted by aliens. So naturally the four of them go on a road trip! A trip to Montreal and Ottawa to be precise. I love road trips in novels – especially the way the characters interact with one another as time goes by.
The Good Luck of Right Now is a beautiful and insightful novel about faith, grief, and learning to find the little things in life that make you happy – whether they be cats, having a beer with an age-appropriate friend or Richard Gere movies. Ultimately I think Quick’s previous novel, Silver Linings Playbook, is a stronger book but I would still highly recommend The Good Luck of Right Now – especially for fans of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and The Universe vs Alex Woods by Gavin Extence.
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