Love May Fail: A Novel

Love May Fail: A Novel

by Matthew Quick

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Love May Fail: A Novel by Matthew Quick

An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal.

Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident.

Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062285577
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 300,546
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film, and The Good Luck of Right Now. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. Q lives with his wife, the novelist-pianist Alicia Bessette, on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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Love May Fail 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Faces head-on truths often denied when spoken aloud - suicide as the best possible alternative to living when living can hurt so much, despair, derangement, healing, elusive/illusive hope, love +a wicked sense of humor, unique characters & situations..dive in & swim in these chaotic waters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beaufitul story. Loved the characters. It took me awhile to get in the groove but about 1/3 of the way through, i could not put the book down. I laughed, cried, cringed, and downright got mad. The most inspirational book i have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first story I've read by Mr. Quick and I had a hard time putting it down. The characters felt so real to me. Definitely will be buying more books from this author.
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Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 Matthew Quick is the best selling author of a number of novels, including The Silver Linings Playbook and The Good Luck of Right Now. His latest novel - Love May Fail - is newly released. Portia Kane's marriage ends in spectacular fashion. Determined to save herself and perhaps find happiness - or at least solace - she heads back to her childhood home in New Jersey. Her high school English teacher Mr. Vernon was an unflinching, unfailing positive beacon in a somewhat bleak childhood. When she gets home, an old classmate gives her the bad news - Mr. Vernon was attacked by a student and gave up teaching. And Portia decides to save Mr. Vernon, just as he saved her. And maybe save herself in the process. Quick continues the quirk factor in Love May Fail - each of the players is slightly left of center in one way or another. And many of the situations they find themselves in are just as unusual. I very much enjoy quirky characters that don't play to the mainstream. But I did find Love May Fail somewhat recognizable. Quick relies on some familiar plot devices last seen in The Good Luck of Right Now, such as the church and religion, (this time it's a nun not a priest), a bar and its regulars, cancer makes an appearance again and literary references to a specific book. (Albert Camus replaces Carl Jung) And it is this somewhat familiar plot that drops this book from a fantastic read to a good read for me. I enjoyed it very much, but still there was just something that stopped me from loving it. There are four parts to the book and each has a different narrator - Portia, Mr. Vernon, Sister Maeve and Chuck (bartender and also a past student of Mr. Vernon). Initially I was quite taken by Mr. Vernon (Quick was a high school teacher and the book's prologue reveals some of his own experiences that became part of Mr.Vernon) But, although I knew I should feel sympathy for the broken Mr. Vernon, I found it hard to see past his angry disillusionment. And the same for Portia. She is the driving force of the book, but I just didn't overly like her. Her determination to save her old teacher versus helping her mother bothered me. But, as she says "not everyone can be saved." The standout characters for me were Sister Maeve, Chuck and his wee nephew Tommy. Their stories, their struggles and their journeys were the most engaging for me - and the ones I was most invested in. Faith, or if you prefer, serendipity binds the lives of every character to the others in mysterious ways. And that what if and why not is at the heart of Quick's novels - that if we let go and just go with it, things just might work out. Who's to say it couldn't happen? The cover? One of Mr. Vernon's lessons - and a pretty good one. The title? From Kurt Vonnegut's Jailbird.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't have the spark, humor and wittiness of his previous books. Most of the book is pretty depressing. The only silver lining is that it has a happy ending. If you are wanting to read this author, read The Silver Linings Playbook.