The Silver Linings Playbook

By Matthew Quick
Read by Ray Porter

7.30 Hours 09/01/2008 unabridged
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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 “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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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2009 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Honourable Mention

A USA Today Bestseller

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 “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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook  is a wonderful debut.”  Justin Cronin, PEN/Hemingway Award–winning and New York Times bestselling author 
“Charming…Mr. Quick guides the reader through the mounting tension—a braiding of hope, illusion, befuddlement, and newly discovered truths. Not every cloud has a silver lining in The Silver Linings Playbook, but it is hard not to be moved by the fate of a man who, despite many ordeals, tries to believe in hope and fidelity, not to mention getting through another day with his sanity intact.” Wall Street Journal
“Aawww shucks. I know that’s hardly a usual way to begin a book review, but it was my immediate response to finishing Matthew Quick’s heartwarming, humorous, and soul-satisfying first novel, The Silver Linings Playbook. I also thought of starting off the review with a photo of me hugging the book and grinning like an idiot—I liked it that much.” Nancy Pearl, Pearl’s Picks, NPR’s ‘Summer’s Best Books’ (2009)
“[A] plucky debut novel…Quick fills the pages with so much absurd wit and true feeling that it’s impossible not to cheer for his unlikely hero.” People
“Pat Peoples is the protagonist and the narrator of The Silver Linings Playbook. I found him compelling and fascinating, and I found myself not only caring about him but rooting for him unashamedly, which, for an author is, I believe, what they mean by scoring a tour de force…From the beer-soaked Bacchanalian tailgating to the black holes of despair into which Iggles fans plunge themselves after a defeat, Quick is dead-on.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“[A] touching and funny debut…Pat is as sweet as a puppy, and his offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser.” Publishers Weekly
“Matthew Quick is a natural storyteller, and his Silver Linings Playbook—honest, wise, and compassionate—is a story that carries the reader along on a gust of optimism…More than a promising debut or an inspiring love story, this novel offers us the gift of healing.” Roland Merullo, author of In Revere, in Those Days
“This is a funny, touching performance on the part of Mr. Quick—and the beginning, I hope, of a big career.” Dave King, author of The Ha-Ha
“Entertaining and heartfelt and authentic, The Silver Linings Playbook magically binds together love, madness, Philadelphia Eagles football, faith, family, and hard-earned hope into a story that is both profound and wonderfully beguiling. This is a splendid novel, written by a big-time talent.” Martin Clark, author of The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living and The Legal Limit 
“I loved The Silver Linings Playbook. It is warm, funny, and moving.” Shawn McBride, author of Green Grass Grace
“A zig-zagging, dizzyingly page-turning tale of self-discovery.” Psychologies magazine
“In Quick’s immensely likable debut novel, an emotionally damaged loser runs a complex pattern that transforms him into a hero we can all root for…Its judicious blending of pop-culture experience with richly persuasive characterizations (including a beautiful indirect one of Pat’s overburdened mom) make the book a winner…Most readers will find Pat just about irresistible.” Kirkus Reviews
“Ray Porter’s performance is top-notch…Porter lets listeners feel Pat’s confusion and struggle…The movie is good. Porter’s narration makes the audiobook even better. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film, and The Good Luck of Right Now. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. He earned an MFA in creative writing at Goddard College. He floated down the Peruvian Amazon, backpacked around southern Africa, and hiked to the bottom of a snowy Grand Canyon before returning to Philadelphia and beginning to write full time.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English