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Love May Fail
by Matthew Quick


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"It doesn't matter how I got here. What I do with the puzzle pieces that are now in front of me that's what matters.

Save Mr. Vernon.

My three-word quest.

Why I'm here in this time and space."

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.  Read more...


 
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More About Love May Fail by Matthew Quick
 
 
 
Overview

"It doesn't matter how I got here. What I do with the puzzle pieces that are now in front of me that's what matters.

Save Mr. Vernon.

My three-word quest.

Why I'm here in this time and space."

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 metalhead 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."


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062285560
  • ISBN-10: 0062285564
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 416


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Quick’s (The Good Luck of Right Now) latest is the story of Portia Kane, who leaves her millionaire porn-producer husband in Florida after discovering him in bed with a much younger woman. Portia flies back to her hoarding mother’s hovel in New Jersey, on a quest to find and save her favorite high school teacher—the reclusive Mr. Vernon, who disappeared after an attack by a bat-wielding student. The story unfolds through multiple points of view: those of Portia; the Camus-quoting, suicidal Mr. Vernon; Sister Maeve, Portia’s wry, acerbic seatmate on her flight home; Mr. Vernon’s estranged mother (revealed through her one-sided epistolary relationship with her son); and Chuck Bass, a long-sober heroin addict who shares Portia’s love of heavy metal and was also profoundly affected by Mr. Vernon. Though Portia’s story is the main thread, Quick captures the essence of these other characters better; in their own imperfections and in relationship to her, they are more interesting. Still, this darkly funny, profanity-filled novel fits together, jagged edges and all, and readers will be engrossed. (June)

 
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