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We Are the Light: A Novel de Matthew Quick
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We Are the Light: A Novel (edició 2022)

de Matthew Quick (Autor)

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From Matthew Quick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook--made into the Academy Award-winning movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper--comes a poignant and hopeful novel about a widower who takes in a grieving teenager and inspires a magical revival in their small town. Lucas Goodgame lives in Majestic, Pennsylvania, a quaint suburb that has been torn apart by a recent tragedy. Everyone in Majestic sees Lucas as a hero--everyone, that is, except Lucas himself. Insisting that his deceased wife, Darcy, visits him every night in the form of an angel, Lucas spends his time writing letters to his former Jungian analyst, Karl. It is only when Eli, an eighteen-year-old young man whom the community has ostracized, begins camping out in Lucas's backyard that an unlikely alliance takes shape and the two embark on a journey to heal their neighbors and, most importantly, themselves. From Matthew Quick, whose work has been described by the Boston Herald as "like going to your favorite restaurant. You just know it is going to be good," We Are the Light is an unforgettable novel about the quicksand of grief and the daily miracle of love. The humorous, soul-baring story of Lucas Goodgame offers an antidote to toxic masculinity and celebrates the healing power of art. In this tale that will stay with you long after the final page is turned, Quick reminds us that life is full of guardian angels.… (més)
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Títol:We Are the Light: A Novel
Autors:Matthew Quick (Autor)
Informació:Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster (2022), 251 pages
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Beautiful book. It somehow manages to be hopeful without glossing over how messy and painful grief can be. I almost made it through the book without crying, but broke down the last 10 pages. ( )
  AngelClaw | Jan 25, 2023 |
Cleverly-written slow reveal of a tragic event, its impact on a small town in Pennsylvania, and the man and teenage boy who grapple with a way to heal themselves and their community. ( )
  bookappeal | Dec 30, 2022 |
We are the Light, Matthew Quick, author; Luke Kirby, narrator
After a horrific terror attack at a movie theater, murdering almost 20 people, but affecting far more who survived or who were friends or relatives of those survivors, as well as those who were killed, a town has to find a way to heal. The emotional consequences and after-effects of the tragedy were enormous. How could anyone justify the senseless murder or the loss? How could they cope with their grief? The heroes who have to sometimes commit murder, to stop the killing, suffer as well, from emotional trauma. Lucas Goodgame was married to a victim. He was already suffering from PTSD as a result of his service as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He murdered the shooter. Now he is suffering from the shame and guilt of his heroism. He does not see himself as a hero. He writes letters to his former analyst, Karl, a therapist who followed the philosophy of Carl Jung. Although he does not write back, the story unfolds as the letters are read.
Lucas had been a shy, retiring, sensitive youth, from a home with dysfunctional parents and a mother who was demanding and authoritarian. When he met Darcy, she was able to round him out and make him whole. She was able to free him from his mother’s negative influence. They married, but didn’t have children. They didn’t want to bring children into this toxic world. They were both educators. He was a hero to the kids with whom he interacted. He helped troubled kids.
After the attack at the Majestic theater, which took the life of his wife, Darcy, he had an emotional breakdown. Although he tried to stop the attack, he could not save his wife. He had murdered Jacob, the killer. That action saved the lives of many others. Still, he was burdened with the guilt of not being able to save her. He sees himself as a villain. Darcy’s best friend, Jill, moves in with him to help him through this terrible moment in his life. Secretly, he has lost touch with reality. He believes that Darcy is not dead, but that she is an angel who visits him, flying in through the window, leaving feathers behind as evidence of her visit.
When Jacob’s brother, Eli, begins to camp out in a tent in his yard, Jill and Lucas take him in to help him, too. Together, Lucas and Eli plan a movie production to help bring emotional release and unity back to the suffering community. They want to bring back the theater that had been shut down and scheduled for demolition. The powers that be thought that would heal the community, but Lucas and Eli plan a production that will heal them, instead, by having them face and deal with the monster that caused the chaos. They will show that the monster also had a good side, by showing that we are all good and evil.
Using letters to Karl, his former Jungian therapist, Lucas tells the story. Lucas was and is now, totally attached to, and in need of, this very same therapist who now has a restraining order against him. He never responds to Lucas. As time passes, Lucas stops seeing his wife as an angel, stops writing to his therapist, and finds a way to heal the community and himself.
The story is hard to follow, at times, making it hard to decide what is real and unreal, for the reader as well as Lucas. As Darcy stops flying through the window with feathered wings, and as his letter writing to Karl diminishes, his relationship with Jill grows and that helps him to deal with and face reality. The use of names is clever. The current crime wave of mass school shootings is makes the story more relevant. The subtle use of wit, in the midst of so much pain, softens the effect of the traumatic event for the reader.
A monster invaded the town, and the monster had to be purged. Eli and Lucas transformed him into a victim too. Then the people and the town were able to move on. Both Eli and Lucas were dysfunctional. Both had mothers who were influential in their dysfunction. The mother of Lucas “guilted” and shamed him all the time. She made him feel inadequate, unable to achieve his destiny. The mother of Eli made his brother Jacob, the murderer, wear a dress and lipstick to punish him for his behavior. She was evil, herself. The vast majority of the men in the book were without emotion, and were toxic, in some way. The fathers abandoned the mothers because they were too demanding. Bobby was a good cop, but he was rare. He did not use his badge to make people uncomfortable, to make people feel frightened. He helped people whenever he could. Did bullying cause the shooter to behave the way he did? Did he target innocents because he had been targeted? Which came first, which caused the problem? Does the person start out dysfunctional or did the reactions of those they interact with make them dysfunctional? With different parents would they have been different people?
Survivors have to go on after these traumatic events, and the way to find peace and comfort is a rough road to hoe. You never forget the loss or the trauma, but you have to learn to cope and live with it. Rehabilitation is the key, but it is hard to achieve. The book focuses on a great deal of dysfunction. Is it white-washing the actual dysfunction of people by blaming everyone else without assigning responsibility to the person who is disruptive? Is it making those that are mainstream the dysfunctional? It is an interesting question to contemplate and consider.
This is another book that progressives will love because it caters to progressive ideas and supports them. Survival, support groups are important for recovery. We eat too much fat and fried foods. Cops are often the villains. Men are toxic. Those who agitate and go against the group promoting activism are dangerous. Sandra did not want to heal the community, she wanted to agitate it in order to demand gun control. She was the foil, the fly in the ointment. She wanted to stop Lucas from making his movie using the survivors as the actors. Home life is presented as the cause of the pain that creates dysfunction. The person who commits the crime is not necessarily evil, since all of us have good and bad within us. Responsibility for one’s behavior often lies elsewhere, not with the person behaving poorly. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Dec 9, 2022 |
The author tackles a timely and important topic, spinning a tale that is gripping and thought-provoking. I was amazed how quickly I finished "We Are the Light," especially given the fact that I read several reviews from readers that alluded to the book's slow pacing. A few of the secondary characters came off as a bit stereotypical -- or at least one-dimensional. But overall, I loved this story that focused on one community's struggle to understand and overcome unspeakable grief. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | Nov 27, 2022 |
This was so much better than better. Matthew Quick has tackled an impossibly difficult subject and used an epistolary format to allow the reader to slow down and digest each and every thought and turn of event. But you have to take the time to suss out what isn’t being said and much of that is more than heartbreaking, more than devastating, more than wondering if it is an edge from which you can ever return. Hearts are breaking, a delicate mind is being shattered, a soul is disintegrating, but then there is strength and healing and maybe hope. So much better than better.

Thank you Avid Press / Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for a copy. ( )
  kimkimkim | Nov 2, 2022 |
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From Matthew Quick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook--made into the Academy Award-winning movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper--comes a poignant and hopeful novel about a widower who takes in a grieving teenager and inspires a magical revival in their small town. Lucas Goodgame lives in Majestic, Pennsylvania, a quaint suburb that has been torn apart by a recent tragedy. Everyone in Majestic sees Lucas as a hero--everyone, that is, except Lucas himself. Insisting that his deceased wife, Darcy, visits him every night in the form of an angel, Lucas spends his time writing letters to his former Jungian analyst, Karl. It is only when Eli, an eighteen-year-old young man whom the community has ostracized, begins camping out in Lucas's backyard that an unlikely alliance takes shape and the two embark on a journey to heal their neighbors and, most importantly, themselves. From Matthew Quick, whose work has been described by the Boston Herald as "like going to your favorite restaurant. You just know it is going to be good," We Are the Light is an unforgettable novel about the quicksand of grief and the daily miracle of love. The humorous, soul-baring story of Lucas Goodgame offers an antidote to toxic masculinity and celebrates the healing power of art. In this tale that will stay with you long after the final page is turned, Quick reminds us that life is full of guardian angels.

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