enthralling Wow. From the title, I expected this book to be told in football analogies, which would have been cool in it''s own way, but this was SO MUCH BETTER. We meet Pat Peoples as he''s getting out of "the Bad Place". His mother is ecstatic to have her eldest son home, his father, less so. Pat''s perception of reality does not always seem to mesh with others'', and the reader is torn between wanting to root for Pat''s optimistic point of view to win out while also trying to unravel the mystery behind this unreliable narrator''s missing memories. Why is everyone else trying so hard to discourage him from reuniting with his estranged wife? His best friend Ronnie even goes so far as to introduce Pat to his single and equally unreliable sister-in-law Tiffany. The interactions between Tiffany and Pat are bizarre, quirky, humorous and tragic, and oddly right in a Benny and Joon sort of way as Pat struggles to become a better man, a better friend, and a better Eagles fan. Football fans will love the regular incursions into play by play as Pat and his brother have season tickets and a passion for their team. This is a fantastic story about self discovery, and reinvention. Read it.
Adult Summer Reading Read the book in 2 days! Can't wait to see the film.
Simply marvelous I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The central character, Pat Peoples, is a joy--funny, sad, determined, frightening, lovable. I was hooked on this book from the first few pages and was never disappointed. Wait until you meet his therapist, Cliff! Enjoy!