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An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.

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.

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. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: 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 and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only 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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    Great book

    Great book. Liked the book better than the movie, just like any book that gets it's shot at the big screen. Highly recommend it.

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    Nothing like the movie

    The movie did NOT do this book justice at all. Such an amazing read

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    Different

    I really found this book difficult to read and didn't enjoy the read or story. Know it is a movie, and possibly would enjoy the movie more than the book.

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    I liked it!

    An easy read with depth and several moments which spawned self-reflection. Now I'm looking forward to seeing Jennifer Lawrence earn her Oscar.

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    The Silver Linings Playbook

    I love the first person and direct, conversational writing style. The "montage" and the way it was woven into the "my life as a movie" theme was clever. Lost some sleep reading, but it was worth it. I finished the book still cheering for him to regain his full cognitive and emotional functioning.

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