Love May Fail: A Novel (Hardcover)

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An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal.

Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident.

Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.

Praise For…

“Inspiring... Matthew Quick has a way with wounded characters.”

“Mr. Quick excels at writing what he knows, and making readers feel intimately connected to his characters. Love May Fail also reflects his mastery of devising humorous dialogue, interlaced with rabid vulgarity.”

“[One of] the seven books you have to read this summer”

“Ultimate summer reading.”

“A well-told tale of how, through will or force, even the most broken people can sometimes be repaired…. Enjoyable, cinematic.”

“Quick nails it again with his quirky-but-damaged characters and gritty real-life stories—but this time, it’s an ex-wife of a cheating pornographer, her hoarder of a mother, and her former high school English teacher both moving and delighting us.”

“An offbeat odyssey and a really fun end-of-summer ride.”

“There’s always reason to hope in [Quick’s] novels…A lovely, entertaining book.”

“I couldn’t put it down.”

“Instead of breaking your heart, Quick steals it, strengthens it and gives it back….a fine writer with a gift similar to that of fellow American novelist John Irving—creating quirky, flawed but ultimately lovable and deeply human main characters.”

“Great, heart-wrenching…[one of] the best mainstream books of the month…this tale of love and loss still makes us want to buy stock in the Kleenex company.”

“Quick specializes in offbeat characters who’ve been knocked down but won’t stay down….Both irreverent and inspiring, this unique read belongs in every beach bag.”


“The turn of a few pages is all it took for me to fall in love with Matthew Quick’s latest homage to the subtleties of joy…a madly quirky, utterly lovely world.”


“A funny and poignant family drama…great summer read.”

“Brilliant…compulsively readable…a plot that keeps you guessing…wholly transporting…Quick has a uniquely rewarding voice and one that, for his native Philadelphia, is creating a space in contemporary fiction all of its own.”

“Complex and thought-provoking American comedy about love and the meaning of life.”

“Alive with humanity, empathy and wit…a beautifully readable novel by a writer of power and insight.”

“Listeners will be exhilarated by this loving tribute to teachers, writers, and literature.”

“Funny, fierce and heartfelt.”

“An easy, enjoyable, and thoughtful read with laughs and tears along the way. Quick’s devotees won’t be disappointed.”

“Quick, an ex-teacher, nails the symbiotic student-teacher relationship, with all of its attendant baggage, squarely on the head in this engaging slice-of-life dramedy with definite big-screen potential.”

“Darkly funny.... readers will be engrossed.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062285560
ISBN-10: 0062285564
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: June 16th, 2015
Pages: 416
Language: English