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The Reason You're Alive: A Novel Kindle Edition
The New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war.
After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard—that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It may be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It may also help him to finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise.
As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and good-hearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn’t always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger’s distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese American who respects David’s fearless sincerity.
Through the controversial, wrenching, and wildly honest David Granger, Matthew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful view of America’s polarized psyche. By turns irascible and hilarious, insightful and inconvenient, David is a complex, wounded, honorable, and loving man. The Reason You’re Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all.
About the Author
Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film, and The Good Luck of Right Now. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. Q lives with his wife, the novelist-pianist Alicia Bessette, on North Carolina's Outer Banks.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
“The role of David Granger may someday be played by an Oscar-hungry actor. But that shouldn’t distract from the vivid, high-definition protagonist that already glows from the page.... That candor and honesty gives this first-person narrative its potency. It also supplies the humor.” -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The Reason You’re Alive is fundamentally about the power to forgive both yourself and others.... Quick forces both readers and characters to reexamine their first impressions through his narrator.... In classic Quick fashion, the novel is full of intriguing supporting characters.” -- AV Club
“Dark, funny, and surprisingly tender.” -- Publishers Weekly
“A scorching family drama. The Reason You’re Alive is narrated with ire and eloquence by David Granger... It’s as if Holden Caulfield grew up to be a reflective, even soulful, Archie Bunker.... A touching, old-fashioned drama about the ties that sometimes choke, but always bind.” -- BookPage
“Surprising.... At the core of the novel is the voice of David Granger, a combination of Archie Bunker and Marlow of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.... A valuable addition to fiction about the tangled aftereffects of Vietnam on soldiers in the field.” -- Kirkus
“A book of unexpected turns, a fun and funny narrative intermixed with many dark plot lines, The Reason You’re Alive is a poignant work and a must-read this summer.” -- New York Journal of Books
“This new novel from the author of Silver Linings Playbook spotlights an unlikely hero, and a father-son relationship, with wry warmth and humor.” -- National Book Review
“Poignant and uproarious…. A novel that thrums with energy…. A vibrant and compassionate tale of a complex man finding his way in a divided America.” -- Minneapolis StarTribune
“Touching and often laugh-out-loud funny.” -- Asheville Citizen-Times
“An extremely powerful book.” -- The Missourian
“Quick has an amazing ability to build characters who are big-hearted and hopeful even in the face of great tragedy, heartbreak, and trauma. In this case, once you get beneath the camo and insults, you begin to really see Granger.” -- Writer’s Bone
“David’s voice is completely distinctive and compelling — one that captures your attention from the first paragraph. David’s story will leave readers laughing one minute and crying the next. Another hit from Quick!” -- RT Book Reviews
“Inspiring... Matthew Quick has a way with wounded characters.” -- Boston Globe, on Love May Fail
“A gratifying romp….Fans of The Silver Linings Playbook know Quick’s penchant for emotionally troubled, big-hearted characters, and Good Luck will satisfy those readers and new ones alike.” -- People, Three Stars, on Good Luck of Right Now
“It’s impossible not to love each of these deeply flawed characters….As funny as it is touching, Quick’s latest effort is on par with Silver Linings.” -- USA Today, Four Stars, on Good Luck of Right Now --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01MAUC1EX
- Publisher : Harper (July 4, 2017)
- Publication date : July 4, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2032 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 245 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062424300
- Best Sellers Rank: #362,779 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Way to go Mr. Quick...just hate waiting so long between your novels.
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We meet David following an operation for brain tumors which he believes was caused by the government issuing Agent Orange during the war. He is estranged from his son, Hank, after a racist/religious rant about a Moslem woman for which he refuses to apologize. He does not much like his art dealer son who has extreme liberal views and his 'girly crying' when things go wrong. Hank also had the nerve to marry a Dutch foreigner, and David is hateful towards her. However, he adores his 7 year old granddaughter. He is well meaning, but will not filter his politically incorrect words and doesn't care. He has deep friendships with people you wouldn't expect.
David was married to an artist, and there was a great tragedy in the way the marriage ended.
This is the third novel I read by Matthew Quick. It takes a rare talent to write about damaged people on the edge, and make us empathize as we understand them better. Be warned. You may even come to like this awful character. It is clear that Hank knows nothing about his father's life and who his best friends are. As one of David's friends tells Hank he should judge his father not by his words,but by his actions.
One of David's missions is to find a soldier he treated cruelly during the war, and to return something he stole from him. He is desperately afraid of the encounter and cannot understand why this man hasn't taken revenge on him in the last 50 years