The Reason You’re Alive

Finished The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick. I received a copy for review. 

David is a Vietnam veteran. He has health issues (physical and mental) stemming from the war, and he decides to right a wrong he committed against a fellow soldier. 

That’s the vaguest possible description of the plot, I know. But this is more of a character-driven novel anyway. David is a hardcore conservative but at the same time, he’s very good friends with a bunch of minorities (including a gay couple). He contains multitudes. And he’s incredibly funny, though I hated myself for laughing at some of his lines. 

This is a super short novel (under 230 pages) and it’s mostly character-driven, like I said. But if you like clever, funny novels, you have to pick this up. It’s wonderful. 

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