Reviews

“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

“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

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

“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 …. honesty gives this first-person narrative its potency. It also supplies the humor .… This novel offers … a hope that we have the capacity to get beyond what offends us about one another.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“…vibrant and engaging…” Southern Living

“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

“Brutally honest. Profoundly beautiful. Extremely relevant …. undoubtedly one of the most profoundly moving stories of 2017.” Fully Booked

“Think about someone in your family whose politics and biases make your blood boil. Then think about what it would take to love them (and actually understand them). This book is a hilarious study in compassion.” Musing

“Must-read.” & “Quick performs a nifty literary magic trick …. By book’s end, everyone will wind up loving the camouflage-wearing, knife-carrying sociopath.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Quick’s … greatest strength is the complexity in which he paints his characters. Love or hate him, David Granger’s chainsaw-toothed voice, and the stories he tells with it, will linger with you. When Quick writes characters, he wants honest portrayals. He wants their good and bad, and above all their honesty.” Northeast Times

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

“Mischievous, outrageous, and unforgettable.” Summer Says

“…touching and often laugh-out-loud funny.” Citizen-Times Part of the USA Today Network

“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 TOP PICK!

“Quick is no stranger to creating compelling characters. You’ll be instantly drawn to his latest, David Granger, a vet who goes on a journey to explore his past while trying to understand a modern America that is constantly evolving.” BookTrib

“A poignant work and a must-read this summer.” New York Journal Of Books

“You’ll fly out the end, maybe even in one sitting, full of fondness.” Shawangunk Journal

“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.” A.V. Club

“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