Mourning the death of his father and pining for an elusive woman he has loved since childhood, a writer who has lost his latest book in a fire fakes his own death and exiles himself to a small Caribbean island, where unexpected fame reveals ...
Author: Ron Currie
Publisher: Penguin Books
Mourning the death of his father and pining for an elusive woman he has loved since childhood, a writer who has lost his latest book in a fire fakes his own death and exiles himself to a small Caribbean island, where unexpected fame reveals the price of his deception. By the author of Everything Matters!
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?
Author: Ron Currie
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.
"The protagonist of Ron Currie, Jr.'s new novel has a problem--or rather, several of them.
Author: Ron Currie (Jr.)
"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."--Provided by publisher.
The electrifying, "cutting-edge" (USA Today) debut work of fiction from Ron Currie, author of the forethcoming novel The One-Eyed Man (March 2017) Ron Currie’s gutsy, funny book is instantly gripping: If God takes human form and dies, ...
Author: Ron Currie
The electrifying, "cutting-edge" (USA Today) debut work of fiction from Ron Currie, author of the forethcoming novel The One-Eyed Man (March 2017) Ron Currie’s gutsy, funny book is instantly gripping: If God takes human form and dies, what would become of life as we know it? Effortlessly combining outlandish humor with big questions about mortality, ethics, and human weakness, Ron Currie, Jr., holds a funhouse mirror to our present-day world. God has inhabited the mortal body of a young Dinka woman in the Sudan. When she is killed in the Darfur desert, he dies along with her, and word of his death soon begins to spread. Faced with the hard proof that there is no supreme being in charge, the world is irrevocably transformed, yet remains oddly recognizable.
From the “startlingly talented” (New York Times) author of Everything Matters!—a bold and timely novel about a grieving man dedicated to unmasking the role that lies and delusions play in our reactionary times "Nobody writing today ...
Author: Ron Currie
From the “startlingly talented” (New York Times) author of Everything Matters!—a bold and timely novel about a grieving man dedicated to unmasking the role that lies and delusions play in our reactionary times "Nobody writing today walks the knife edge of cynicism and sentiment more bravely, intelligently and confidently than Ron Currie. By turns hilarious and heartfelt, The One-Eyed Man is a revelation, a wonder." --Richard Russo “Dark, tender, and oh-so-timely.” – USA Today Ron Currie’s three previous works of fiction have dazzled readers and critics alike with their originality, audacity, and psychological insight. A writer of unique vision and huge imagination, Currie excels at creating complex, troubled, yet endearing characters, and his work has won comparison to everyone from Kurt Vonnegut to George Saunders. K., the narrator of Currie’s new novel, joins the ranks of other great American literary creations who show us something new about ourselves. Like Jack Gladney from White Noise, K. is possessed of a hyper-articulate exasperation with the world, and like Ignatius J. Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces, he is a doomed truth teller whom everyone misunderstands. After his wife Sarah dies, K.becomes so wedded to the notion of clarity that he infuriates friends and strangers alike. When he intervenes in an armed robbery, K. finds himself both an inadvertent hero and the star of a new reality television program. Together with Claire, a grocery store clerk with a sharp tongue and a yen for celebrity, he travels the country, ruffling feathers and gaining fame at the intersection of American politics and entertainment. But soon he discovers that the world will fight viciously to preserve its delusions about itself. How Currie's unconventional hero comes to find peace, to reenter the world, and to be touched again by emotion and empathy makes for a dramatic, utterly memorable story.
" -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.
Author: Ron Currie
"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.
Ron Currie Jr.'s 2013 novel, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles: A True Story*, provides a good example of what I mean. In it, “Ron” has escaped to a tropical ...
Author: Marjorie Worthington
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Autofiction, or works in which the eponymous author appears as a fictionalized character, represents a significant trend in postwar American literature, when it proliferated to become a kind of postmodern cliché. The Story of "Me" charts the history and development of this genre, analyzing its narratological effects and discussing its cultural implications. By tracing autofiction's conceptual issues through case studies and an array of texts, Marjorie Worthington sheds light on a number of issues for postwar American writing: the maleness of the postmodern canon--and anxieties created by the supposed waning of male privilege--the relationship between celebrity and authorship, the influence of theory, the angst stemming from claims of the "death of the author," and the rise of memoir culture. Worthington constructs and contextualizes a bridge between the French literary context, from which the term originated, and the rise of autofiction among various American literary movements, from modernism to New Criticism to New Journalism. The Story of "Me" demonstrates that the burgeoning of autofiction serves as a barometer of American literature, from modernist authorial effacement to postmodern literary self-consciousness.
little point to anything I do. RON CURRIE JR. is the author of God Is Dead, Everything Matters, and Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles.
Author: Ronald Rice
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Social Science
In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes. In My Bookstore our greatest authors write about the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have given them over the years. The relationship between a writer and his or her local store and staff can last for years or even decades. Often it's the author's local store that supported him during the early days of his career, that continues to introduce and hand-sell her work to new readers, and that serves as the anchor for the community in which he lives and works. My Bookstore collects the essays, stories, odes and words of gratitude and praise for stores across the country in 81 pieces written by our most beloved authors. It's a joyful, industry-wide celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops. Perfectly charming line drawings by Leif Parsons illustrate each storefront and other distinguishing features of the shops.
His work is also forthcoming in Exotic Gothic V. RON CURRIE, Jr.'s most recent book is Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles. His writing has received the New York ...
Author: Kate Bernheimer
Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet. Here, in beguiling guise, are your favorite mythological figures alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions. Aimee Bender retells the myth of the Titans. Elizabeth McCracken retells the myth of Lamia, the child-eating mistress of Zeus. Madeline Miller retells the myth of Galatea. Kevin Wilson retells the myth of Phaeton, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Emma Straub and Peter Straub retell the myth of Persephone. Heidi Julavits retells the myth of Orpheus and Euridice. Ron Currie, Jr. retells the myth of Dedalus. Maile Meloy retells the myth of Demeter. Zachary Mason retells the myth of Narcissus. Joy Williams retells the myth of Argos, Odysseus’ dog. If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, a squid who falls in love with the sun, and a girl who gives birth to cubs, here are extravagantly imagined, bracingly contemporary stories, heralding a new beginning for one of the world’s oldest literary traditions.
Author: Jennifer Basye SanderPublish On: 2012-11-01
... even if it's cheap, plastic water guns and flimsy, balsa wood airplanes from a charity. ... A small thing, but I knew Joby and Benjie would love them.
Author: Jennifer Basye Sander
There's something truly magical about Christmas. Filled with remarkable true stories of the kindness of strangers and the blessings of answered prayers, this collection with its small miracles truly captures the spirit of the season. These stories of hope, faith and joy are a moving tribute to the true meaning of Christmas and remind us all that the greatest gifts in life can't be gift wrapped.
I return my attention to my own swing, which feels flimsy and threadbare by comparison. ... “I see you're having a little problem with your tempo,” he says.
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Random House
Category: Sports & Recreation
Travis McKinley's golfing career is over. After a string of poor performances he crashes out of the US Senior Tour and faces a future of watching the game he loves from the sidelines. In a bid to escape, Travis decides to take his family on a long-awaited trip to the UK – a pilgrimage to the world-renowned golf courses of Scotland. Travis dreams of treading the hallowed fairways of St Andrews, where the game began. But when an opportunity to play in the Scottish Open unexpectedly presents itself, Travis can't believe his luck. Could he have one last shot at the big time on the most famous course of all?
Something dangled from the nurse's lab coat, and the little girl reached out to touch it. It was plastic, cold. The nurse said, “We have to be patient in ...
Author: Antonio Timbol
Publisher: Verilogos Publishing
Rough, Ready and Ex-Airborne: this is one fashion model you want on your side....-Cybil Raven Miracle at St. Rita-Fashion Model, Mom, Ex-Airborne Solider, Iraq War Veteran and Tech Forensic specialist Cybil Raven finds unique ways to help others-Pulled into a hopeless cause by a former lover, Cybil uncovers a criminal conspiracy that threatens many more than just the children of St. Rita's. With her world at stake, redemption's price is high in race to stop the unthinkable from happening.-A criminal conspiracy with deadly plans.A frantic race to stop the unthinkable.A mysterious guiding hand.-Off the Atlantic coast seemingly innocent cargo streams into Port Savannah passing by old money and tired ways while a new Savannah rises powered by the tech driven entrepreneurial creativity of the young, beautiful and restless. Cybil Raven's world is turned upside when a former love asks for help. Together they discover a criminal conspiracy that reaches from the dark corners of the world; flinging the powerless aside and threatening much more than they realized even beyond their beloved city.-Cybil with her team of Creatives must face the ruthless Stavos "the Greek" the new kingpin of Savannah's criminal underground. Stavos will stop at nothing to grow his criminal enterprise that serves anyone, foreign or domestic, with money; no questions asked. St. Rita's orphans are not the only children who will suffer if Cybil and her team fail. They face perilous obstacles and impossible choices at every turn. A ruthless enemy from Cybil's past comes back to life bringing untold danger.-What will they do and where is the unknown help coming from? What personal price will they pay to stop the unthinkable from happening?
Michael spent two hours trying to get those little miracles into his eyes. ... the other hand struggled to stick the thin plastic disc onto his eyeball.
Author: Debra Kent
Publisher: Hachette UK
Suburban wife and mother, Julia Flanagan is good to a fault. She always plays by the rules, does what she's told and puts her family first. To be honest, her life's become rather dull - and her sex life is humdrum, to say the least. But all that changes when Julia's best friends dare her to start living dangerously. At first, she only breaks little rules - mixing her recyclables, illegally downloading music - but when Julia meets a handsome professor at work, she finds that having started to live dangerously it's hard to stop...
Michael spent twohours trying toget those little miracles into hiseyes. ... and with the other hand struggled tostickthe thin plasticdisc onto his eyeball.
Author: Sara Susannah Katz
Publisher: Hachette UK
A smart and funny debut about a woman who went from being the good girl to the good wife and mother. Now, she's itching to be bad with a hot college professor. Just how far will she dare to go? Original.
... the chairs and loveseat—finally settling on the flimsy little table that ... his legs and arms and chest were a pale wheeling collage of plastic strips.
Author: T.C. Boyle
Young Japanese seaman Hiro Tanaka, inspired by dreams of the City of Brotherly Love and trained in the ways of the samurai, jumps ship off the coast of Georgia and swims into a net of rabid rednecks, genteel ladies, descendants of slaves, and the denizens of an artists' colony. In the hands of T. Coraghessan Boyle, praised by Digby Diehl in Playboy as "one of the most exciting young fiction writers in America," the result is a sexy, hilarious tragicomedy of thwarted expectations and mistaken identity, love, jealousy, and betrayal.
A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome James A. Fussell, ... And all it would take was three little words. “How are you?
Author: James A. Fussell
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
An inspirational tale of personal struggle with and triumph over Tourette syndrome, this is the story of Jeff Matovic and the radical treatment he sought to cure himself. After suffering from Tourette's for years--with his tics and outbursts getting progressively worse and with no results coming from drugs or physical or spiritual therapy--Jeff was able to convince his doctors and his insurance company to try a risky deep brain stimulation treatment, a surgery that involves the implantation of a pacemaker for the brain into his skull. Penned by a journalist who is also afflicted with Tourette's, this is the incredible story of a friendship that blossomed under their common experiences with this bizarre brain disorder. A complete discussion of the latest medical research of and treatments for Tourette's, written in accessible and easy-to-understand terminology, is also included.
... spread her favorite Lancôme lotion, Miracle, over freshly shaved legs. ... to the little white Victoria's Secret panties and flimsy bra she'd bought a ...
Author: Suzanne Barr
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
After young Richard's mother dies, he overhears the wealthy family friends, Ashton and Iris Burke, saying that they could not take him into their home. He is later adopted by the Johnsons, but hates the working class life that he endures throughout his childhood. After serving in the military, Richard goes to college where he studies architecture, the same profession as Ashton Burke. Richard worms his way back into the Burkes' life when their architectural firm, Burke and Burke, is most vulnerable after a faulty cement accident. Ashton Burke is thrilled when he hires Richard Johnson because not only did he bring a Pentagon contract with him, but he seems to be the perfect man for his daughter, Susan. Ashton arranges for them to meet. Everything seems to fall into place for Susan and Richard as they fall in love and marry. However, the family's world gets turned upside down when Susan and Richard's infant daughter, Ashley Rose, is kidnapped. They race against time—and the kidnapper—to recover their precious child . . . but what they find out is more chilling than they ever imagined . . . ". . . fast paced, full of suspense. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—Fern Michaels, New York Times bestselling author