The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

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After Pat Peoples and his wife Nikki separate, he goes to live with his parents but everything seems changed. No one wants to talk to him about Nikki, his old friends are busy with their families, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as therapy. He meets Tiffany, a clinically depressed widow, who offers to act as a liaison between the couple if Pat will give up watching football, agrees to perform in the Dance Away Depression competition and not tell anyone about their contract.*

If you would like to read more books that were later made into amazing films, check these out:

The Descendents by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Contact by Carl Sagan

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

*Publisher’s summary.

 

 

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen

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Ellen Gulden has been accused of helping her terminally ill mother die, but what is most striking about this poignant novel is the deepening intimacy between mother and daughter.  In Ellen’s words, “our parents are never people to us, they’re always character traits….There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one, and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents into whatever it takes to keep you afloat.”

For more novels that look at difficult choices that forever alter characters’ lives, here are three stand-outs:

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (or really anything by this author)