The Reason You Are Alive — Matthew Quick

5 out of 5 stars

I loved this story. I have most of Matthew Quick’s other books, and this one is my favorite. David Granger, the main character, is a Vietnam War veteran, and he’s a crotchety old man. The book is set during the Obama administration, and there is a fair amount of Obama bashing by David.

The story is about David’s broken relationship with his liberal son, who has no idea what David is really like. David has friends who belie his apparent bigotries. This book is hilarious and has some meaningful lessons.

Matthew Quick is so good at making his main characters relatable, no matter their age or gender. His books always have a mental health thread running through them, which makes for some interesting interactions and characters.

All of his books are written from the first-person perspective, and they are extremely easy to read. I can usually get through them in a few days. They are deep, though, and amazingly, they are all very different from each other. I highly recommend this book and Quick’s other books as well.

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