The Good Luck of Right Now

The Good Luck of Right Now

A Novel

Book - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:

From Matthew Quick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, comes The Good Luck of Right Now, a funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere--an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

Bartholomew thinks he's found a clue when he discovers a "Free Tibet" letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother's underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard--there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man's heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.

A struggling priest, a "Girlbrarian," her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2014.
ISBN: 9780062285539
Characteristics: 284 pages ;,24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
JCLDebbieF Feb 09, 2017

My least favorite Matthew Quick novel, but worth reading.

Oct 26, 2016

Kind of disappointed with this one. Extremely slow paced, characters and plot left undeveloped. The ending was rushed which diminished the believability. Essentially, it felt like Grisham was phoning it in. That is highly unusual for this author. Usually his work is fantastic but I guess everyone has their off days

TSCPL_SANDYP May 02, 2016

This book by Matthew Quick was different due to it being written in the form of letters (written only to Richard Gere). I found it probably more true to life than most people would admit to. After all, we do not all fit into society like a puzzle piece. Some of us have sharper angles or more rounded sides which doesn't allow us to fit in. This book is a reminder that, although we may be different, we are all human beings and we all have an interesting story to tell.

What's so great about this book? First of all, it's written entirely in letters to Richard Gere! This book is simultaneously quirky, fun and heartbreaking. You'll root for Bartholomew on his quest to find life after the death of his mother. It's a road novel that also deals heavily in mental illness and social issues. Recommended by Sarah

cmlibrary_myork Dec 23, 2015

Bartholomew Neil is trying to figure out his life, and he has found just the person to help him do it – actor Richard Gere. In a series of letters to his new spiritual and personal guide, Bartholomew introduces us to the cast of characters in his life: Father McNamee, a defrocked (and likely bipolar) priest; his mother, who espouses the theory of the “good luck of right now”; Max, a devout believer in aliens who is deeply mourning the death of his cat, and Elizabeth, the strangely quiet Girlbrarian. In a voice that is both unassumingly wise and deeply sympathetic, Bartholomew shows us a world that is both weird and wonderful.

dairyqueen Jan 20, 2015

Odd and enjoyable. Quirky. Very satisfying ending.

Oct 29, 2014

There are lots of good ratings on this book but I think it was a bit too quirky to be a good choice for me.

Oct 25, 2014

A rather strange read with good character development but not necessarily great plot. I have to wonder what Richard Gere thinks of this.

Sep 03, 2014

Quirky and very quick read. I was rooting for Bartholomew from the very beginning of the book. Matthew Quick has a talent for tapping into mental/social issues (he also wrote Silver Linings Playbook). Would love to see a movie version, with Richard Gere starring, of course!

Aug 20, 2014

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. The chapters are actually letters to Richard Gere. Very interesting.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top