Waiting on Wednesday: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a feature hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine to feature yet-to-be-released books.

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coming august 13, 2013

In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was—that I couldn't stick around—and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault.

Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

In this riveting book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.

c.j.'s thoughts

So, apparently I like issue books, after having read a slew of them last year when I was having a dark moment.  I think what I like most is what this blurb promises to be "unflinching."  I love the books that go where others are afraid to go.  The ones that talk about what everyone else keeps hushed up.  It's like they teach you when you're learning to be a therapist.  When you talk about abuse, rape, violence, sex, drugs--you need to do it in a way that's open and honest.  A way that says, "these are real things and it's okay to talk about them."  That's what I'm hoping from this book.  I'm hoping for a view of the moments before a suicide, a view that is both authentic and not maudlin or preachy.  Something that really expresses the pain and ambivalence and fatalism.  Can't wait for this one.  


  1. This is a new to me book and author - I don't think this is for me as I actually know someone who took their own life with a gun - but I think it's an interesting choice - if nothing else to see what the 4 people do who he reveals his secrets to.

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    1. I know books about suicide are definitely not for everyone, especially if it hits too close to home. I think for me, I'm interested in mental health and hope that books like this will spread awareness and knowledge about these important problems.

  2. While I didn't love the novel Silver Linings, I did like his writing style. I'm not a huge fan of books that deal with murder/suicide, but I do like the premise of four conversations. I think I'll check this out when it's released. Great pick!
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    1. I forgot he wrote that! I knew his name sounded familiar. I still have that one on my shelf. Thanks! I think the conversation premise is what sets this one apart.

  3. This sounds good :) The cover really catches my eye too. Thanks for sharing :)

    Courtney Ann @ Rondo of a Possible World
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    1. Thanks for stopping by! The cover is really well done.