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Award Thursdays: The Silver Linings Playbook

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“I don't want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.”


Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook


The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick belongs to the humorous-fiction genre.  It was made into a romantic-comedy film which was directed by David O. Russell and produced by Bruce Cohen and Donna Gigliotti. The film focuses on Patrizio Solitano Jr. (played by Bradley Cooper) who is suffering from bipolar disorder and has recently been discharged from the healthcare facility to return home. He decides to put his life back-on-track. His father Patrizio Solitano Jr. (played by Robert De Niro) is out-of-work. His wife, Nikki has drifted away and he would like to get her back at any cost. He meets his friend, Ronnie’s sister-in-law Tiffany Maxwell (played by Jennifer Lawrence). They strike a relationship which is a revelation of love and friendship.


In 2012, The Silver Linings Playbook was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. The director and the producers won the Best International Direction, Best International Screenplay and Best International Film awards in their respective categories from the American Film Institute (AFI).  David O. Russell also won a Golden Globe for best screenplay. This also earned accolades at the Hollywood Film Festival, Houston Film Critics Society Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, International Film Music Critics Association Awards, Iowa Film Critics Cycle, National Board of Review Awards, Las Vegas Film Critics Society, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, Producers Guild of America and Santa Barbara International Film Festival Awards among others.


The book has been published in several languages and the author Mathew Quick was a finalist to the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award. He currently lives in Holden, Massachusetts.

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