The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
(Harper, 2014, 281 pages)
Before Bartholomew Neil’s mom died of brain cancer, she started to call him Richard. After he found a letter from Richard Gere in his mom’s drawer, he decided to confide to Richard Gere in letters about the difficultly he’s having after his mom has passed. Bartholomew is 38 years old but he doesn’t know how to live on his own or pay his bills. He is used to his routine which includes going to the library to watch his crush, the Girlbrarian. Wendy, his grief counselor, encourages Bartholomew to have a beer with a new friend his own age as one of his life goals. When the opportunity to have a beer with a new friend arises, Bartholomew quickly finds out that his new friend is the brother of the Girlbrarian. With the help of Richard Gere, Bartholomew may achieve more of his life goals.
When I picked up this book, I knew that the main character gets a tad obsessed with Richard Gere. What I didn’t realize is the whole book is letters written to Richard Gere. The story was interesting enough with a lot of quirky characters that all had their own problem or difficulties to deal with. Sometimes you could tell where Quick wanted to leave a cliff hanger in the letter but it didn’t seem likely that Bartholomew wouldn’t just tell Richard Gere the whole day’s events instead of waiting for his next letter. The book is already slated to be turned into a movie and I’m crossing my fingers they get Richard Gere for Bartholomew’s hallucinations.