New WKAR Book Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

Current StateI am back on WKAR’s Current State with a new book review! This time I am reviewing the new novel by Matthew Quick, The Good Luck of Right Now.

You can listen to my review here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-matthew-quicks-good-luck-right-now

You can also read my book review below.

The Good Luck of Right Now can be found on Amazon here. If you would be interested in hearing/reading more of my NPR book reviews, you can do so via links on this page.

I hope you enjoy my new book review!

Book Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

The Good Luck of Right NowBelieving in a destiny can be very addicting. It can add security, and maybe even help the world feel like less of a harsh place. But how do you tell the difference between destiny, luck and just the pure happenstance of living?

In Matthew Quick’s new novel The Good Luck of Right Now he takes on this question through the character of Bartholomew Neil. Bartholomew suffers from a form of mental illness which may or may not be autism and is mourning the death of his mother. His mother was his entire life and with her loss he finally has to step out into the real world for the first time alone. Bartholomew wants to believe that everything happens for a reason, including the death of his dear mother and he is always looking for truths to prove that point.

The Good Luck of Right Now is in epistolary form — an old tradition in literature that has found success going back to such classics as Pamela, written by Samuel Richardson in 1740. An epistolary novel is one in which the tale is told exclusively through a series of letters. This form of writing can add a very personal element to a narrative, but also a hint of scandal, since we as readers may feel like we’re reading something we shouldn’t be. While Richardson’s Pamela was usually writing to her parents, Matthew Quick has Bartholomew do something a little different and very contemporary. He is writing to Richard Gere… Yes, that Richard Gere.

Richard Gere is Bartholomew’s imaginary spiritual leader and he looks to him for direction in all of his choices. Bartholomew breaks down and analyzes Gere’s life in his search for answers, from his marriage to Cindy Crawford to his effort to free Tibet. He even has visions of the actor. I can’t help but wonder how the real Mr. Gere must feel about this book.

The Good Luck of Right Now is filled with imaginative characters like the grieving Bartholomew. From a foul-mouthed man who is mourning the loss of his talking cat to an ex-priest with a massive drinking problem, each struggling individual Bartholomew meets becomes part of his new extended family and his quest for meaning.

There’s a lot about The Good Luck of Right Now that I really like–the book feels like a good indie film put to text. I couldn’t help but wish, however, that it was a little longer, a little more fleshed out. And there are few surprises here, leaving you almost wondering how the characters couldn’t see some things coming, especially with someone like Bartholomew who is questioning every decision and every step in his life’s journey.

The Good Luck of Right Now is not destined to make literary waves like Richardson’s Pamela. But, chances are, you might get a kick out of it. Assuming that you are not a certain actor who stared in the movie Chicago.

A Jane Austen DaydreamIf you liked reading this post, why not check out one of my books? I’ve had four novels published in the last few years, A Jane Austen Daydream,  Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous DareMy Problem With Doors and Megan. You can find them via my amazon.com author page here, or as an eBook on Google eBooks here.  Thanks for reading!

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