Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie Jr.
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For those looking for conventional writing—logical flow, chapter headings—this novel may disappoint.
-NY Journal of Books

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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.
 

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 February 7, 2013 by Penguin Books. 354 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by John M. Wills on Feb 07 2013

For those looking for conventional writing—logical flow, chapter headings—this novel may disappoint.

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Good
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Mar 25 2013

...Currie’s mash-up of the faux confessional and the impressively depraved is compelling enough to addict his fictional contemporaries to the form.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Feb 20 2013

“Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles” is fiction that transcends the traditional telling of tales. Currie has found a pathway to the epic through intimacy, creating something great by way of the small. This is a powerfully moving and stimulating work.

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