Love May Fail

  • by Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by Cris Dukehart, Jim Meskimen, Lorna Raver, Timothy Fannon, Tonya Campos
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness - and her high school English teacher - in New York Times best-selling author Matthew Quick's offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal.
Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness she believes still exists in the world, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else - a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident.
Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metalhead little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man's reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.

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What the Critics Say

"Listeners will be exhilarated by this loving tribute to teachers, writers, and literature." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

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Solid contemporary fiction with a light touch

This is a book that will fill your heart. Not in a heavy-handed way. It's a lightweight heart-warmer. A solid 4 star listen, but not epic enough for the 5 star award.

Here's the Google search that would produce this book:
metalheads, nuns, coincidences, Dead Poets Society, addiction, South Jersey diners, hoarding, cheating ex-husband, Vermont, NYC, NJ.

Note on the beginning: I found the main character's narration to be irritating and overly snarky. I almost stopped listening. She takes it down a notch soon enough tho, thankfully. So don't give up too soon.

Enjoyable characters. I did not quite fall in love with any of them, but I liked them very much.

A credit well spent.
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- jennifer

Learn to Appreciate the Good in Life?

I feel as if I spent the whole book waiting for more bad things to happen and unable to appreciate the good moments because the characters were never very happy even when things were going well. Is it really that difficult to achieve some grace/happiness in life? I found it hard to feel much compassion for Portia. For a seemingly intelligent woman, she seemed rather selfish.
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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-16-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio