“Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles” is the story of a writer’s desperate love for Emma Zielinski and the spectacularly bad decisions that cause him to. A bold, arresting new work of fiction from the acclaimed author of Everything Matters! and the forthcoming novel The One-Eyed Man (March ) In this. Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles. Ron Currie, Jr. Viking; pp. Reviewed by Amanda Holmes Duffy; March 11, Loss, love and the line between truth and.

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His second, Everything Matters!

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How did I miss them? Because his third novel, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, had me hooked before I even got to the first page. Next comes an epigraph page, or rather the one that would carry an epigraph if Currie believed in them.

I was already laughing halfway through this disclaimer so his encouragement to keep turning pages was unnecessary.

The rest of the pages turned themselves. The public never forgives a lie, he maintains, especially if it really moves them.

Book review: ‘Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles,’ by Ron Currie Jr.

This book is going to set the record straight. Mourning the death of his father and trying to get over a split with his lover, Emma, Currie moves to a Caribbean island to write. Later he fakes his own death and moves to the Sinai Peninsula.


Flomsy how close this fictional Ron Currie is to the author is impossible to say.

The novel is delivered in brief installments, which range in length from two or three sentences to a few short pages. The structure works well and the writing is fresh and authentic.

Currie can be fljmsy, clever, insightful and gut-wrenching all at once. Take this passage, about his dying father: But that day I just gave in, went to my knees on the carpet in front of the Rlimsy he pretty much lived in those last months, put my face in his lap, soaked his pant legs with tears and snot.

And he uncharacteristically put a hand on my head and let it rest there.

And he quite characteristically said, Come on, now, stop. But the central preoccupation of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is a woman. Currie knows women and he writes mirracles wonderfully. He paints a sweet picture of year-old Nooria when the novel takes us to Sinai.

You always find yourself reaching for her an instant too late, and grasping at smoke.


Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie Jr.

Interspersed with the narrative about the loss of his father and Emma are several provocative musings on the Singularity — that theoretical merger between humanity and super-intelligent technology. According to Currie this will mark the end litttle human suffering. You are as attached to suffering as a child is to its blankie.

Amanda Holmes Duffy is a fiction writer who blogs ppastic www. Her latest short story will appear in the issue of Northern Virginia Review.

Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles

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