You’ve seen the award-winning movie, now read the book to get the full story. Or better still, read the book and then rent and watch the movie. That’s what Virginia O’Neal is doing. She’s the owner of Cotton Row Books in Cleveland and is enjoying reading this book.
“It’s just fascinating to read this account of mental illness that’s written in first person,” O’Neal said. “It’s fiction but takes a serious look into mental illness and how it can change a life.”
O’Neal admires Quick’s writing style and the “distorted yet enduring perspective that takes us inside the main character’s mind.” The protagonist, Pat Peoples, is out of a bad place in his life, but he doesn’t remember a lot that’s happened to him. He’s lost his wife and is living with his parents.
The book — Quick’s first — has been translated into 21 languages in addition to being made into a movie. Quick has been quoted saying that although the film is different from the book, he loves the adaptation and is happy that it has encouraged more openness about mental health.
The author earned a master’s of fine art in creative writing at Goddard College in Philadelphia.
He quit his job as a teacher to write, but before buckling down to the task he hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, floated the Amazon River, backpacked in South Africa and soul searched.
He moved in with his inlaws, the parents of his wife novelist Alicia Bessette, to write his first book.