Monday, July 8, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Hi. My name is Pat Peoples and I just got out of the bad place. I’m living with my parents, and my mother has fixed up the basement into a totally awesome gym, because I’m getting in shape for Nikki. Nikki is my wife. She was mad at me because of my temper, but I’m learning to be kind, not right, and pretty soon apart-time will be over.

My dad doesn’t talk to me, but sometimes we watch the Eagles on TV together and do the Eagles chant. My brother, Jake, gave me a genuine Hank Baskett shirt and a season ticket to the games. He’s the best brother!

I’ve started reading English literature, because Nikki teaches English, and I want to impress her with my new knowledge of books. So far I’ve read The Great Gatsby and A Farewell to Arms, but I don’t really like them because they have sad endings. I want the movie of my life to have a happy ending, and I know it will.

One thing I cannot stand is Kenny G. Sometimes he is standing over me when I wake up, and I hum and count to ten, over and over, until he goes away.

While I was in the bad place, my friend Ronnie got married and had a kid. I’m not sure how that happened—I was only gone a few months—but I don’t want to think about it. He tried to set me up with his sister-in-law, Tiffany, even though I’m married and apart-time will be over soon. Now Tiffany follows me whenever I run, which is kind of weird. She runs fast for a girl, but I have man strength, and can outrun her.

My mother taught me to believe in silver linings, and I know that soon Nikki and I will get back together. Why does everyone change the subject when I mention Nikki?

The Silver Linings Playbook is available in print and as a sound recording.

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