Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles

Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles

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By (author) Jr Ron Currie

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  • Publisher: Viking Books
  • Format: Hardback | 340 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 38mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0670025348
  • ISBN 13: 9780670025343
  • Sales rank: 642,508

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A bold, arresting new work of fiction from the acclaimed author of "Everything Matters!" In this tour de force of imagination, Ron Currie asks why literal veracity means more to us than deeper truths, creating yet again a genre-bending novel that will at once dazzle, move, and provoke. The protagonist of Ron Currie, Jr.'s new novel has a problem---or rather, several of them. He's a writer whose latest book was destroyed in a fire. He's mourning the death of his father, and has been in love with the same woman since grade school, a woman whose beauty and allure is matched only by her talent for eluding him. Worst of all, he's not even his own man, but rather an amalgam of fact and fiction from Ron Currie's own life. When Currie the character exiles himself to a small Caribbean island to write a new book about the woman he loves, he eventually decides to fake his death, which turns out to be the best career move he's ever made. But fame and fortune come with a price, and Currie learns that in a time of twenty-four-hour news cycles, reality TV, and celebrity Twitter feeds, the one thing the world will not forgive is having been told a deeply satisfying lie. What kind of distinction could, or should, be drawn between Currie the author and Currie the character? Or between the book you hold in your hands and the novel embedded in it? Whatever the answers, Currie, an inventive writer always eager to test the boundaries of storytelling in provocative ways, has essential things to impart along the way about heartbreak, reality, grief, deceit, human frailty, and blinding love.

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Ron Currie, Jr., is the winner of the 2009 Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the New York Public Library Young Lion's Award for his acclaimed debut, "God Is Dead." His 2009 novel, "Everything Matters!," was an Indie Next Pick and one of Amazon's 100 Top Books of 2009 and was named by the "Los Angeles Times" as among the Best Fiction of 2009. He lives in Waterville, Maine.

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Praise for EVERYTHING MATTERS! "Joltingly funny...Mr. Currie is a startlingly talented writer...he survives the inevitable comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and writes in a tenderly mordant voice of his own." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" "There's nothing predictable about this story, and Currie repeatedly upends our expectations...there's something refreshingly youthful about Currie's eagerness to call out the big existential questions." --Ron Charles, "The Washington Post Book World" "Contains both a declaration of the possibilities of narrative fiction and, above all, a defense of good old-fashioned human resilience in the face of petty distraction and profound horror." --Zach Baron, "The Village Voice" "[A] superb novel...this is a comedy, albeit a scary one. Some scenes make you laugh out loud. There are passages of beauty and wicked turns of phrase...Marvelously, Currie suffuses his unhappy and disparate characters with salvation." --Diana Wagman, "The Los Angeles Times" "Currie mixes the weight of tragedy with a hyperbolic adventure story that's got the international intrigue of a John le Carre thriller and the deep humor of David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest."" --"Time Out New York" "A hugely imaginative novel loaded with narrative tricks and set pieces that let the author proudly show off his clever clockwork, but Currie keeps things thoroughly grounded in the messy, mysterious business of human interaction. A beautiful, sad and haunting book." --National Public Radio Praise for GOD IS DEAD "[A] cavalierly ambitious debut...with talking dogs, text message-happy teenagers, and end-of-day shenanigans. Like Kurt Vonnegut, [Currie] seems to understand that in the face of grim and grave concerns, humor is more powerful salt than screed." --John Freeman, "The San Francisco Chronicle" "Currie's strength rests in his ability to focus humanity's conundrums on the smallest physical particles. T