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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Currie Narrator: Jake Hart Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781101605264
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A bold, arresting new work of fiction from the acclaimed author of Everything Matters! and the forthcoming novel The One-Eyed Man (March 2017)

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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • A powerful, brilliant, compelling novel about love, writing, fame, fiction and shame that is emotionally effective and intellectually engaging, coming as close to anything I’ve read, to meeting David Foster Wallace’s call for fiction that makes the head beat like the heart. bookslut.com
  • So blisteringly funny that I laughed as I hadn’t laughed in years:  we’re talking demonic, unstoppable, don’t sit next to that guy howls. The Washington Post
  • Resounds with humor and insight into love, loss, and reality…An astonishing feat of innovation with surprises on nearly every page, Currie’s entrancing novel marks the work of a scathingly comic virtuoso. ALA Booklist
  • A postmodern love story, self-consciously playful…things get both crazy and interesting…moving and hilarious. Kirkus Reviews
  • A metafictional tangle of debauchery and technological anxiety…Told in a bouncy, pinball style, this darkly droll novel is never boring. Publishers Weekly
  • Currie stays true to his gutsy, thoughtful, and unconventional self in this brilliant meditation on life, death, truth, and imperfection. Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is flimsy like a brick sh*thouse. Ron Currie, Jr. is a fearless and inspired writer at the top of his game.  Read him. Jonathan Evison, author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving and West of Here
  • Both a brilliantly constructed inquiry into the nature of reality and a soulful ode to the free fall of obsessive love. These two spines interweave ever more tightly till they fuse into a dazzling question mark with no easy answers. This is a beautiful book. Kate Christensen, author of The Astral and The Great Man
  • “The novel’s untraditional, stylized pacing is expertly executed, delivering a story equal parts dark humor and unpreventable tragedy…Sharp and sarcastic, Currie’s dramatic story keeps you tethered in place, letting the world spin in orbit while his voice gently directs the tour. It’s a truly genuine love story wrapped in a series of comically improbable events.”

    Daily Beast

  • Currie's most grounded work yet. . . [his] gorgeously questioning prose explores the deeper meaning things gain after they are gone. The New Yorker
  • Sharp and sarcastic, Currie’s dramatic story keeps you tethered in place…it’s a truly genuine love story wrapped in a series of comically improbable events. thedailybeast.com
  • “Trust the author of the acclaimed and decidedly unorthodox God Is Dead and Everything Matters! to craft an arresting bit of metafiction.”

    Library Journal

  • “A postmodern love story, self-consciously playful in a Vonnegut-ian way…Free-wheeling—and at times both moving and hilarious.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Finalist for the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Beaulieu | 2/20/2014

    " If I was rating the book based on the second half, it would have gotten a 4, if on the first half, a 2, so it evened out to a 3. Personally I kept thinking "yeah, this is sort of funny, but it was funnier when Thomas McGuane wrote it way back in the 70s the first time." Somehow the book blossoms eventually, and it turned out to be worth wading through some material that should have been shortened a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/7/2014

    " I just enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed the writing. The format. The various characters I met. I just enjoyed my time reading this book. Which is the reason I read...to immerse myself on something worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Ickes | 12/14/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book it was enjoyable and had a little bit of everything, like life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 10/26/2013

    " I won this book in a giveaway. It breaks from the typical romance story and will take you on a new perspective of a man's life. Quite enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/26/2013

    " Post-modern fiction. Whatever that means. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karli (Typographical Era) | 8/19/2013

    " 4.5 stars: more soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Caycedo | 7/28/2013

    " Loved this book! Heart-wrenching, fast-paced, and raw. Love, love, love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 4/5/2013

    " And then I read things like this that make me realize, I really shouldn't give up writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy Cooper | 2/25/2013

    " I had two main thoughts while reading this book. First, the author has a different and interesting writing style. I like it. And second, the two main characters are really screwed up individuals. "

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About the Author

Ron Currie Jr. is a native of Waterville, Maine, and his fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Sun, Other Voices, and Night Train. His stories have won prizes in The World’s Best Short Story competition and have been shortlisted for the Fish International Short Story award and Swink magazine’s Emerging Writer Award.