I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program around Christmas in return for an honest review. It's available for sale today. I predict it will be on my best books I read in 2014, when I come up with my list at the end of December, or the beginning of January.
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick 285 pages 1/22/14 pub 2014 Bartholomew is nearly 40. His mother, with whom he lived, who was his only friend, has just died of a ‘squid-like brain tumor.’ If Bartholomew knows his diagnosis beyond ‘retard,’ that ‘the tiny angry man living in his stomach,’ giving him bad advice, calls him, he doesn’t tell the reader. I think he’s on the autism spectrum— but perhaps that’s me seeing only nails because I’ve got a hammer. He's got other issues, too. Bartholomew creates family, saves himself and his neighbors, protects the family he creates. This novel is epistolary; it’s written as letters to Richard Gere, with many references to the Dalai Lama, Bartholomew’s Catholicism, and Gere’s Buddhism. It’s a delightful gem; an honor to read.
Here is his Mom’s credo. “Whenever something bad happens to us, something good happens— often to someone else. And that’s the Good Luck of Right Now. We must believe it. We must. We must. We must.” (153)