Matthew Quick

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Matthew Quick
Quick at the 2022 Texas Book Festival.
Quick at the 2022 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1973-10-23) October 23, 1973 (age 49)
Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materLa Salle University, Goddard College
GenreAdult novels, Young-adult novels
Notable worksThe Silver Linings Playbook
SpouseAlicia Bessette

Matthew Quick (born October 23, 1973) is an American writer of adult and young adult fiction. His debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, became a New York Times bestseller and was adapted as a movie of the same name starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker.[1][2]

Quick was a finalist for a 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award, and his work has been translated into several languages.[3] In 2012, his young-adult novel, Boy 21, was reviewed favorably by The New York Times.[4]

Quick was a finalist for the TIME 100 most influential people of 2013.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Quick grew up in Oaklyn, New Jersey and graduated from Collingswood High School. He has a degree in English literature and secondary education from La Salle University and an MFA from Goddard College. Quick taught high school literature in southern New Jersey for several years, before leaving his job as a tenured English teacher in Haddonfield, New Jersey to write his first novel while living in Collingswood.[6][7] Quick lived in Massachusetts for several years; he and his wife, novelist and pianist Alicia Bessette, now live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.[8] He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from La Salle in 2013.


Source: Fiction Database[9]

  • We Are The Light (2022) ISBN 978-1668005422,
  • The Silver Linings Playbook (2008) ISBN 9781447291480, OCLC 910977730
  • Sorta Like a Rockstar (2010) – YA ISBN 9781472212825, OCLC 858312107
  • Boy21 (2012) – YA ISBN 9781472212900, OCLC 885301812
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (2013) – YA
  • The Good Luck of Right Now (2014)
  • Love May Fail (2015) ISBN 9780062420152, OCLC 906023510
  • Every Exquisite Thing (2016) – YA
  • The Reason You're Alive (2017)
  • We Are the Light (2022)

Film adaptations[edit]


  1. ^ "The New York Times Bestseller List". New York Times. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  2. ^ "David O. Russell to Direct The Silver Linings Playbook | /Film". 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  3. ^ "PEN/Hemingway Award and other Hemingway Forums". Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Finer Points of the Game". The New York Times, Matt de la Peña , March 9, 2012. 2012-03-09.
  5. ^ "Matthew Quick | The 2013 TIME 100 Poll |". 2013-03-22. Archived from the original on 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  6. ^ "Matthew Quick Bio".
  7. ^ Skoufalos, Matt (2013-02-24). "'Silver Linings Playbook' Scribe Reflects on Roots - Entertainment - Collingswood, NJ Patch". Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  8. ^ "Bio | Alicia Bessette". Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2014-06-16.
  9. ^ "Matthew Quick Book List". FictionDB. Retrieved 2014-02-10.

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