Published: June 16th, 2015
“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 for the goodness she believes still exists in the world, Portia sets off on a quest to save the one man who always believed in her – and in all of his students: her beloved high school English teacher, Mr. Vernon, who has retired broken and alone after a traumatic classroom incident. Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt Portia’s chances on this quest to resurrect a good man 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.”
To begin, the first few sentences of this book caught my attention right away. It starts with Portia, drunk in her closet, awaiting her husband to arrive with his mistress. Almost immediately, I was captivated with what would happen next.
It took me a total of two days to read this book. Usually, I am a slow reader, and I also like to take my time and see if I’m getting the full grasp of what the book has to offer. I could not put this book down for the life of me. It had me hooked the whole way through, and I’m happy that I got to experience Portia’s life.
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.
My favorite thing about Matthew Quick is that he grew up right around the corner from me. All of his books take place in Philadelphia/South Jersey, and that area is where I was born and raised. The settings for his books are absolutely a bonus in my eyes.