Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr.
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"Startlingly talented . . . he survives the inevitable, apt comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and writes in a tenderly mordant voice all his own." -Janet Maslin, The New York Times

In this novel rich in character, Junior Thibodeau grows up in rural Maine in a time of Atari, baseball cards, pop Catholicism, and cocaine. He also knows something no one else knows-neither his exalted parents, nor his baseball-savant brother, nor the love of his life (she doesn't believe him anyway): The world will end when he is thirty-six. While Junior searches for meaning in a doomed world, his loved ones tell an all-American family saga of fathers and sons, blinding romance, lost love, and reconciliation-culminating in one final triumph that reconfigures the universe. A tour de force of storytelling, Everything Matters! is a genre-bending potpourri of alternative history, sci-fi, and the great American tale in the tradition of John Irving and Margaret Atwood.


About Ron Currie Jr.

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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.
Published April 17, 2009 by Penguin Books. 332 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The apocalypse, provocatively envisioned with wild invention and irreverent wit.

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A novel that ponders cosmic doom with a gleeful spirit by a startlingly talented writer who pays no heed to ordinary narrative conventions.

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In Curie’s curious second novel (after NYPL Young Lion Award–winning God Is Dead ), a young man nearly succeeds in his attempt to inject meaning into

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Second, there is a chorus of voices in Junior's head, (that also gets its own chapters!), that guides him along in his life decisions.

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Currie is at his best when writing about life up to about age fifteen, and as the book concludes, the all-knowing voice begins to spout dubious platitudes unlikely to move readers over the age of eighteen.

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