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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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Get this ab!!!

Awesome story hits home in a lot of ways. Sons of men in military will appreciate this story. Mr. Bray was outstanding , perfect character read as always.

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amazing

had to read this for school found it really interesting. the Vikings were phenomenal as well

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great book

loved it. it's not a perspective I would have normally listened to and it made the story that much more gripping.

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  • Harriet
  • Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States
  • 07-21-18

A Bitter Old Man

It started out OK, but I got tired of his complaining. He was just a bitter old man.

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Enjoyed it!

Quick and Bray, how could you go wrong with a marriage of these two favs? Bray read it perfectly, giving a strong punch to the personality behind this character's stream of consciousness. You guys need to team up again!

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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.