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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Christi rated it ★★★☆☆

July 17, 2017

Mixed feelings. Difficult to read because the main character is, on paper, a person I would not enjoy spending time with, but he does grow on you, and while many of his views are politically incorrect and racist, some of his other views are decidedly...and he would hate that I use this word...lib...

Ann rated it ★★★★★

August 19, 2017

Wow - I couldn't have been more impressed by this book. The main character, David Granger, a politically incorrect, gun=loving veteran of the Vietnam War - isn't anyone I would ever remotely like! Reminded me of the character in "A Man Called Ove" (one of my very favorite books), but I disdained...

Kelley rated it ★★★★☆

July 28, 2017

This is not the Matthew Quick style of writing that I've become accustomed to reading. Even so, I loved it! We meet 68 year-old, Vietnam Veteran, David Granger after he has had a seizure and crashed his car. The doctors discover and operate to remove a brain tumor. At first, I couldn't stand David...

Luanne rated it ★★★★★

July 04, 2017

July 4th seems like the right day to review Matthew Quick's new novel - The Reason You're Alive. David Granger is a sixty eight year old Vietnam vet. He's also a father, a grandfather, a widower, a businessman, a friend, an enemy and a man with a brain tumor. The book opens with Granger recovering...

Alexa rated it ★★★★☆

July 22, 2017

This is a really good book. It's slow paced and I didn't expect to like it as much as I did! It was a nice surprise.

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