Pat Peoples is in a bad place. After a mysterious incident with his wife several years earlier, Pat was placed in a neural health facility where he becomes obsessed with making the “movie of his life” have a silver lining. He will end the Apart Time with his wife Nikki and she will be impressed with his new physical strength and emotional depth. Pat is released into his mother’s care and has a fitful time trying to adapt to his old life. His own father won’t even speak to him unless their favorite sports team, the Eagles, are winning. Pat reconnects with an old friend and their encounters are uncomfortable and forced. However, despite his social dilemmas with friends and family, Pat meets and befriends Tiffany. Tiffany lost her husband suddenly and has since been clinically depressed. She’s been fired from her job and now spends all her time dancing and looking for men to distract her from the loss of her husband. The Pat and Tiffany begin a strange friendship where they run together in silence and share bowls of Corn Flakes at a local diner. The two both have giant emotional hurdles to overcome and together with a little help from the Dance Away Depression competition they begin to heal.
I loved this book! I saw the movie first a few years back but obviously the book has so much more. Matthew Quick’s character development and writing style are spectacular. Quick often uses repetitive and awkward inner monologues to indicate Pat’s mental instability and it’s just fantastically done. I highly recommend this title to literally everyone. It’s got sports, family, romance, and… a silver lining.