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

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

“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 Reviews

“Dark, funny, and surprisingly tender.” Publishers Weekly

“Perfect for beach reading …. engaging.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“In our current politically divided culture, where people with different views struggle to understand each other, this story has incredible value. I wanted to dislike this protagonist, whose views are so different from my own, but I couldn’t. He was kind and caring and his story pulled at my heart.” July 2017 Indie Next List – Melanie Locke, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO

“You will laugh, you will cry, you will think twice. Maybe three times. And that is the success of Quick’s book, and David Granger’s life.” Terry Tazioli – University Book Store, Seattle, WA

“Although there are currently numerous nonfiction titles devoted to the subject, reading The Reason You’re Alive will help you understand the current polarization of our nation–it all started with Vietnam and it’s been festering ever since. Who thought fiction could be so educational?” Darwin Ellis – Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT

“Just incredible. [A] mashup of A MAN CALLED OVE & A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES.” Marika Zemke – Commerce Township Public Library, MI

“I love love LOVED it!! Cannot wait to see you at Parnassus Books this summer! We will sell the hell out of this for you!” Sissy Kuhlke Gardner – Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

“I would not trust many authors to write David Granger, to navigate his thoughts with such raw honesty, but knowing that Matthew Quick was behind this character and his life’s story was what kept me going. It wasn’t difficult, either. Quick did a phenomenal job with this story.” Natalie Sober – A Very Little Bookstore, Summerville, SC

“Funny & tender.” Susan Taylor – Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY

“The Reason You’re Alive is laugh-out-loud hilarious, with David’s honest and sometimes politically incorrect viewpoints. I found myself giggling a lot throughout the entire book and am in love with David’s honesty.” Kristen Beverly – Half Price Books, Dallas, TX