Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick as part of our event series, Wine with the Author. The evening will include a discussion and signing of his new book, The Good Luck of Right Now.The Good Luck of Right Now is a funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere--an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love. For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday Mass, and the library learn how to fly?Bartholomew thinks he's found a clue when he discovers a "Free Tibet" letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother's underwear drawer. In her final days, Mom called him Richard--there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life by writing Richard Gere a series of letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women, are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man's heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.A struggling priest, a "Girlbrarian," her feline-loving, foulmouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the Cat Parliament and find Bartholomew's biological father . . . and discover so much more. Matthew Quick (a.k.a. Q) is the author of one adult novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film. His young adult titles include Sorta Like a Rock Star; Boy 21, finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize; and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, among other accolades. Quick is married to novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette. Wine with the Author is presented through the partnership of Parnassus Books and The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills.
Wine with the Author - Matthew Quick, author of The Good Luck of Right Now
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 6:30pm
3900 Hillsboro Pike