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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war.

After 68-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard - that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It may be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It may also help him to finally recover from his wife's untimely demise.

As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and good-hearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn't always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger's distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese American who respects David's fearless sincerity.

Through the controversial, wrenching, and wildly honest David Granger, Matthew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful view of America's polarized psyche. By turns irascible and hilarious, insightful and inconvenient, David is a complex, wounded, honorable, and loving man. The Reason You're Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our pasts define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all.

©2017 Matthew Quick (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Narrator R.C. Bray brings the contentious, gruff yet thoughtful main character of this moving novel to life.... Bray understands this character, and his performance, which consistently hits the dramatic, shocking, and humorous notes expertly, is simply remarkable. This is one of the best matches of material to narrator this year." (AudioFile)

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  • Justin
  • NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States
  • 07-07-17

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A solid story of A veteran adjusting to life 50 years after the Vietnam war. A story about tolerance and racial profiling. Matthew quick never fails to amaze me.

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yaaaaas

read this... amazing book. it makes you think before judging someone, puts you in the mind of an opposing views. renews your love for humanity. fantastic peice of writing.

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Great book as any other book from Matthew Quick!

Matthew never let me down with his books. Great story! I really connected with the character's relationship with his son and it moved me so much. I even "girly cried" at the end. It's really a great piece of art!

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Kinda like Gran Torino..

If you are looking for political correctness, turn back now. If you are easily offended, turn back now. But if you want real, come ahead. If you want a glimpse into a Vietnam vets head, this book is for you. It shows all sides. How we are all broken in some way no matter our color , no matter our politics. We are human. R.C Bray once agains dazzles me with his performance.

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Quick delivers!!

I love Matthew Quick and he has never disappointed me. He tells a great story with great narrators!

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Amazing book!

I enjoyed this book largely due to the narrator. Hope to find a similar book.

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Fabulous

This book is awesome in every category. I will surely listen to it over and over.

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A true American tale.

I enjoyed the way this story captured a reality from beginning to end that felt gritty and sincere.

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An Enjoyable Read

I absolutely loved this book. The story was touching, and the narrator was absolutely phenomenal.

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A little rushed & disappointing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was pretty good until you get to the ending and figure out how quickly it is ending. You're left with so many questions and not nearly enough answers. I would vote that this was not time well spent.

Would you be willing to try another book from Matthew Quick? Why or why not?

Yes, because I loved his book silver linings playbook.

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