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The silver linings playbook
2012
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Characters
Pat Peoples (Male), Professor, Divorced, Has returned home after spending several years in a mental health facility; recovering from a traumatic event that has been blocked from his memory; hoping for the return of his estranged wife whom no one will talk about; believes he can find the silver lining in any challenging situation;
Tiffany (Female), Widow, Depressed, In love with Pat
Genre
Fiction
Psychological
Domestic
Romance
Love story
Cinematization
Topics
Memory blackouts
Tragedy
Mental illness
Estranged families
Optimism
Love
Loss
Emotional healing
Reconciliation
Obsession
Loneliness
Setting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Pennsylvania - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

This multifaceted, well-told story by first-time author Quick provides an excellent view of American society as seen through the eyes of a sheltered and mentally ill man. Ray Porter's (Mr. Playboy) reading is clear and distinct; he has a wide enough range to distinguish among the various male speakers, but he strains with the female voices. Of interest to English majors and fiction readers. [Audio clip available through www.blackstoneaudio.com.-Ed.]-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Pat Peoples, the endearing narrator of this touching and funny debut, is down on his luck. The former high school history teacher has just been released from a mental institution and placed in the care of his mother. Not one to be discouraged, Pat believes he has only been on the inside for a few months--rather than four years--and plans on reconciling with his estranged wife. Refusing to accept that their "apart time" is actually a permanent separation, Pat spends his days and nights feverishly trying to become the man she had always desired. Our hapless hero makes a "friend" in Tiffany, the mentally unstable, widowed sister-in-law of his best friend, Ronnie. Each day as Pat heads out for his 10-mile run, Tiffany silently trails him, refusing to be shaken off by the object of her affection. The odd pair try to navigate a timid friendship, but as Pat is unable to discern friend from foe and reality from deranged optimism, every day proves to be a cringe-worthy adventure. Pat is as sweet as a puppy, and his offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
<p> A heartwarming New York Times bestselling novel, now a major movie by David O. Russell--nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture), four Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards! </p> <p>"Aawww shucks!" NPR's Nancy Pearl said. "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 . . . This book makes me smile."</p> <p>Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending--the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat's now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he's beingpursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he's being haunted by Kenny G!</p> <p>David O. Russell's adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook features Bradley Cooper ( People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive) in the role of Pat, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, and Jacki Weaver. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: "Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut."</p>
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