The Good Luck Of Right Now by Matthew Quick | Book Review

I am such an obnoxious fan of Matthew Quick’s work. I’ve yet to read a book by Quick that I do not like. The Good Luck Of Right Now contains all the hallmarks of Quick’s other works. There’s mental illness. There’s a Philadelphia setting. There’s characters who are a bit odd. The story definitely is off the beaten path. However, I enjoyed just about every minute of this book — even if it is a bit different from my typical sort of read.

The Good Luck Of Right Now is an adult fiction book (I know a change of pace for me!) about a man named Bartholomew Neil who has lived at home with his mother for all of his thirty eight years and never held down a job. He served as a caretaker for his mother toward the end of her life. However, now Bartholomew is dealing with his grief but also with integrating more fully into the community. He’s got a crush on a librarian whom he has deemed the girlbrarian. He is in therapy. He’s also quite active in his church.

Bartholomew has the small goal of going out to the bar for a beer with an age appropriate friend. And so, as the book goes on and develops he meets an appropriate friend at group therapy. This friend always says things like “what the fuck, hey” and certainly has some delusions. His friend, FYI, is in therapy because of the death of his cat Alice. I can’t fault him that. Pets are important and when one passes, it can be hard to adjust and go forward.

There’s also a priest who plays a pivotal role. He basically also helps Bartholomew in his journey but also kind of brings everyone together. There’s some big reveals involving the priest. In all honesty, I loved the different scenes with him. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I just really felt like he brought a lot of kindness into Bartholomew’s life. There’s a scene that is especially touching – as it takes place during an event that would be traumatizing. It shows the importance of community and caring.

Matthew Quick’s main character, Bartholomew, is a bit hard to get a read on at first. He’s definitely not neurotypical. Still, you just get such a positive sense of Bartholomew. Although he’s not had many age appropriate friends, he’s loyal to the ones that he makes. He cares deeply about his mother, then she passes. He cares about the priest. He even cares for his therapist, Wendy. I loved that a neuroatypical character gets to be essentially the hero of The Good Luck Of Right Now.

The Good Luck Of Right Now is written in epistolary style. The story takes the form of letters from Bartholomew to Richard Gere. It is a short book overall. However, the journey it takes you on is absolutely worth it. I loved the progression of Bartholomew as he begins to heal and finds kindness in others. He also finds his way to give kindness to others and strives to be a genuinely good person.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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