Pat Peoples knows that life doesn’t always go according to plan, but he’s determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining.
Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat’s parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they’ve been keeping from him threaten to come out.
”Utterly original and a real word-of-mouth classic” (Easy Living)
”A delightful debut . . . a smart, touching, quirky read.” (Scotland on Sunday)
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I chose this book because I'd seen the film advertised. However, I hadn't seen a synopsis or looked into what the book was about. I was pleasantly surprised that it was incredibly complex and covered mental illness in such an honest and imposing way.
I loved the characters, especially the portrayal of Pat and Pat Snr. The issue of mental illness and how it affects those around the sufferers was stark and unapologetic.
One part which stuck out for me was when Pat went to the beach and the situation turned sour when a seemingly innocent act is viewed through the eyes of a protective mum. The reactions of both Pat and Tiffany are moving.
Great novel even after seeing the film