Thursday, November 13, 2014

Staff Picks - Adult Fiction

I thoroughly enjoyed Matthew Quick’s The Good Luck of Right Now, a quirky story about a man who views the world through the eyes of a child and truly shines through adversity.

The passing of Bartholomew Neil’s mother introduces him to a slew of bizarre characters including a priest in crisis, a graduate student with secrets of her own and a brother and sister pair preoccupied with alien abductions.  This unique novel is told through Bartholomew’s soul-baring letters to actor/humanitarian Richard Gere and reveals how one's perception can shape reality.  

While the story's message of courage and redemption is positive, for some readers the adult language may seem extreme.  (One character seems to suffer from anger issues as well as Tourette Syndrome.) Fans of Quick's The Silver Linings Playbook will recognize familiar characteristics and themes.

Read more about lost souls with hearts of gold in The Pleasure of My Company written by none other than the actor/comedian Steve Martin.

Narrator Daniel Pecan Cambridge lives in near-isolation due to a severe obsessive compulsive disorder but as this witty novella shows, even a man who can’t cross his own street can wind up a hero.  

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist