Love May Fail

Love May Fail

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015, ♭2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062285560
Branch Call Number: QUIC
Characteristics: 401 pages ; 24 cm

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JCLDebbieF Sep 27, 2016

What can I say? Mr. Quick has another brilliant book in "Love May Fail". The first chapter may turn a few readers off because it is fairly crude, but read on and the book will leave you wanting to read all of Mr. Quick's work.

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jmcc13
Apr 24, 2016

Really enjoyed the first half of the book. Thought it was funny and interesting and quirky. Unfortunately it jumped the shark for me too many times in the last half.

booklady413 Aug 02, 2015

This is an excellent story by the author of Silver Linings Playbook. It tackles issues such as mental illness, faith and above all hope.

Michael Colford Jul 13, 2015

You might accuse Matthew Quick of the same sentimentality that protagonist Portia Kane is slammed for in reviews of her first novel in Love May Fail. But while Quick explores redemption and optimism, his lovely novel is heartfelt, complex, and a delight to read. I often say, "Just because a movie/book makes my cry, doesn't mean it's any good," can also be written as, "Just because a movie/book makes me cry, doesn't mean it's not good." Love May Fail explores the idea of the human spirit returning from crushing blows to contribute beauty and joy to the world. A theme that may sound trite, but in Quick's hand is powerful and rewarding.

Told from four different points of view, Quick inhabits each convincingly. His supporting characters, particularly a particularly strident nun, add color and depth to an already entertaining read. Love May Fail picks up the strands of The Good Luck of Right Now in creating complex, damaged characters who struggle to do better, and sometimes fail, but often succeed. Love May Fail will hopefully restore, or remind the reader of the power of humanity.

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preitzel
Jun 18, 2015

If you are looking for the perfect summer read, this book is for you. You won't want to go back to work if you are reading it on your lunch hour after Portia ruins her husband's humidor and dreams of shooting him with his own 45. Can't put it down.

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booklady413 Aug 02, 2015

"Love may fail, but courtesy will prevail." Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Jailbird

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