Recently released from a mental health institution, Pat Peoples is getting re-adjusted in the real world. He's convinced that if he is physically fit and does everything the way his estranged wife, Nikki, likes, Nikki will come back to him and they will be a family again.
His parents and his brother think it is best for him to keep him uninformed about things that happened while he was away. The men of the Peoples family renew their bond over Sunday Philadelphia Eagles games. Pat spends his time lifting weights and running, keeping his body fit to impress Nikki.
As his time is spent making his life perfect for Nikki, everything seems to be going wrong. The Eagles keep losing. No one will answer his questions about Nikki. Everywhere he goes, he hears that Kenny G song that he hates. And his best friend Ronnie wants him to go on a date with a friend named Tiffany - even though Ronnie knows Pat is married.
As Pat struggles to adjust to his new life, he reluctantly enters into a quirky friendship with Tiffany. They both share some similar problems and enjoy each other's company (even though Pat is unlikely to admit it).
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick shows that someone struggling with mental illness can find happiness. Sometimes it just takes a while to find the right support system and people who understand. Pat Peoples is the kind of sweet, misunderstood soul that charms with his naivety and honesty. The reader will be cheering for Pat until the end.