||Matthew Quick's debut novel centers on an unflinching optimist named Pat Peoples. Interpersonal trauma pushed the compulsive Pat over the edge, and when the story opens, he's still in the "bad place," as he calls the psych hospital. The amnesiac is released to his parents' house, where he embarks on a rigorous daily routine of extreme exercise and hydration. Quick portrays Pat's psychological recovery with an affectionate sense of humor. Along the way the reader comes to empathize with Pat--understanding why he's still obsessed with his unfaithful, absent wife but might be interested in his neighbor and why he hates Kenny G. but loves the Philadelphia Eagles.