The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick

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Read The Reason You're Alive Online Free - The New York Times-bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war.

After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard—that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It might be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It might also help him finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise.

As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and goodhearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn’t always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger’s distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese-American who respects David’s fearless sincerity.

Through the controversial, wrenching, and wildly honest David Granger, Matthew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful view of America’s polarized psyche. By turns irascible and hilarious, insightful and inconvenient, David is a complex, wounded, honorable, and loving man. The Reason You’re Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all.

Title : The Reason You're Alive
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ISBN : 0062424300
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 227 pages


Bianca rated it ★★★★★

November 21, 2017

4.5 stars The Reason You're Alive was quite something. The more I think about it the more I'm impressed. This is the story of an old Vietnam Veteran, David Granger, who finds himself under the doctor's knife to have a brain tumour removed. Slowly, we begin finding out about David's life, as he star...

Kasa rated it ★★★★★

June 03, 2017

While reviewing an earlier book by Matthew Quick, I remarked that he wrote about men "on the edge of normalcy" who eventually find completion by the final page. This is another such study. In this case, David Granger has been harboring a long running case of PTSD. Fifty years worth. In the years...

Connie rated it ★★★★☆

January 27, 2018

David Granger is a complex guy--a patriotic Vietnam vet who talks like he's an opinionated xenophobic homophobe, but whose actions often show just the opposite. As he's waking up from surgery to remove a brain tumor, he repeats the name of another veteran over and over--Clayton Fire Bear. Sixty-e...

Lacey rated it ★★★★★

July 18, 2017

The Reason You’re Alive involves a sixty-eight year old Vietnam veteran who has a brain tumor. Once he gets his surgery, things in life seem to matter more now than they did before. He has a son named Hank who has a daughter named Ella. He doesn’t like Hank so much, but Ella is his world. He is a...

Lucy rated it ★★★★★

January 13, 2018

A gorgeous exploration into the after-effects of war, racism and humanity. Man, I cannot emphasise how much I loved this book. I'd adored The Silver Linings Playbook because of its warmth and honesty, and this book had that exact same feel, with plenty of humour and emotion thrown in for good meas...

Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog) rated it ★★★★☆

July 04, 2017

THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE is another hit from Matthew Quick. Through an elderly right-wing, seemingly racist, Vietnam veteran and American patriot, Quick pens a story about finding common ground and unity in a politically polarizing world. Like in Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Quick gives readers an...

Emmy rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 25, 2018

Dnf na 2 hoofdstukken. Nee. Dit is niks voor mij en nu heb ik gedaan wat ik zelden doe: een boek opgegeven. Op de kaft staat “humoristisch, politiek incorrect en hartverscheurend eerlijk”. De hoofdpersoon is een rascistische klootzak en ik heb nog geen humor gezien, alleen alles wat ik fout vind...

Mary rated it ★★★★★

April 25, 2017

"Only the good die young, and I've lived nasty. Live nasty, live forever." I loved this book! David was a crusty old Vietnam Veteran who wasn't afraid to say what he thought. He wore camo everyday and his views were pretty far to the right. David's son, Hank, was the complete opposite and very libe...

Dora rated it ★★★★★

March 08, 2018

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SoManyBooks rated it ★★★☆☆

March 06, 2018

Bold, risky. This book launches with a very unlikable protagonist that uses just about ever derogatory racial slur available by page three. Yet, you're intended to root for him. I wanted to DNF, I stuck it out). After revealing all the trauma he suffered in the name of the USA, he evolves toward...

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