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“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 .… This novel offers … a hope that we have the capacity to get beyond what offends us about one another.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Quick masterfully teases out David’s character, showing that beneath the loud-mouthed bravado lies a deeply wounded human being …. Few writers could make a character such as David likable — yet, Quick manages to make him lovable, and shows there is hope for anyone to change.” Winnipeg Free Press

“Quick’s prose is sharp and cutting …. a compact powerhouse of a novel …. subversive, unexpected, and utterly compelling.” Booklist *STARRED REVIEW*

“… an exceptional novel …. will connect with readers of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.” Library Journal *STARRED REVIEW*

“Quick insightfully presents a person who is more than the sum of his personal politics, showing how selfish instincts battle nobler ones–a valuable lesson in increasingly politically stratified times …. provides a deeper discussion about divisive politics.” Shelf Awareness *STARRED 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.” StarTribune

“Scorching …. 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

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