Picks and Pans Review: The Silver Linings Playbook

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Matthew Quick |

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Philadelphia Eagles fan and over-the-top optimist Pat Peoples has problems: He's newly released from a neural health hospital, living with his parents, can't grasp that he's been locked away for years (he thinks it's been months), and desperate to reconcile with his wife. Plus, he's being stalked by a lovestruck, and just as dysfunctional, widow. If that all sounds like a downer, this plucky debut novel is anything but. Quick fills the pages with so much absurd wit and true feeling that it's impossible not to cheer for his unlikely hero.

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