The Silver Linings Playbook

Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux (September 2008)

An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.

THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife’s betrayal.

During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents everything seems changed; no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

When Pat meets the tragically widowed, physically fit, and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year’s Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their ‘contract.’ All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining.

In this brilliantly written debut novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.

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– New York Times Best Seller

– Hemingway Foundation / PEN Award for Fiction Honorable Mention

– David O. Russell adapted THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK into an Academy-Award-winning film, starring Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence

– USA Today’s top 100 bestselling books of the year (#60)

– #1 bestseller in Brazil

– USA Today Best-Seller

– Selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer’s Best Books (National Public Radio)

– NPR Outstanding Softcover Releases pick

– Selected by Amanda Ross for The TV Book Club (UK)

– Translated into Italian, Spanish, Chinese (China + Taiwan), Hungarian, Portuguese (Portugal + Brazil), Turkish, Japanese, Czech, Slovak, Swedish, Estonian, Polish, German, Bulgarian, Korean, Lithuanian, Dutch, Hebrew, Romanian, Vietnamese, Norwegian, Croatian, Thai, Russian, French, Georgian, Indonesian, and published in the UK by Picador