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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (February 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670025348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670025343
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ever-imaginative Currie (Everything Matters!, 2009) forges a fictionalized persona of himself as a womanizer and self-acclaimed famous author. Suicidal yet determined to set the record straight about his murky past, Ron vows to only speak the capital-T Truth. After his lover (and childhood sweetheart), Emma, exiles him to a remote Caribbean island while she settles her messy divorce, he presumably begins rewriting a novel he lost in a fire, a book that should increase his fame, especially after he decides to fake his own death. But as Emma’s divorce drags on, island-bound Ron indulges in the local custom of drinking from morning to night while mourning his father’s recent death and grappling with his inability to curb his lustful nature and his mounting loneliness. Despite the antihero’s wretchedness, or perhaps because of it, his tale resounds with humor and insight into love, loss, and reality, along with his paranoid visions of a future where technology supplants humankind. An astonishing feat of innovation with surprises on nearly every page, Currie’s entrancing novel marks the work of a scathingly comic virtuoso. --Jonathan Fullmer



“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
“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

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Sharp, funny, moving.
Rob Gordon
In the end, I was sorry to find myself on the final page and could only raise a glass to the author for a work that I will be thinking about for a long time.
Dan Cullen
That book might be a fictional memoir or a memoiresque piece of fiction.
Myfanwy Collins

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Zimmerman on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ron Currie, Jr. has written far and away the best book of all time...whose title is a reference to nicotine patches. Okay, but seriously, Currie's new novel, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, is superb -- easily my favorite of the year so far! It's deserving of the highest compliment I know how to pay a book: Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is exactly the kind of book I wish I could write.

The fun starts even before the beginning -- on the epigraph page, where Currie decries the idiotic idea of epigraphs, because too often, they "provide the the author an opportunity to be pompous. To indulge in a little high-lit posturing" -- but then includes one anyway. Even before, on the title page, Currie has included the notation "A True Story," and then given us a paragraph about how everything that follows is "based on real events," and what exactly that means. So we know this is going to be a bit unconventional. Indeed, did everything that we're about to read really happen?

Of course not -- but having that question about what is true in a novel in the back of your mind as you read, is part of the point for this book -- and becomes very important at the end.

So the story is this: A novelist named Ron Currie, Jr. (ever read Operation Shylock by Philip Roth?), is telling us his tale (in the first person), as if it were a memoir. But despite the fact the tells us it's true -- can we believe him? Do we believe him more when he says things like:"Like everybody else, I had trembled my whole life for something true"? Or might we think he doth protest too much?

Currie reunites with his high school sweetheart, Emma, a beautiful, troubled woman, who is just emerging from a failed marriage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jrav on March 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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*This book was sent to me by the publisher, The Viking Press, in exchange for an honest review.

It's important that you understand, from the very outset, here, that everything I'm about to tell you is capital-T True. Or at least that I will not deliberately engage in any lies, of either substance or omission, in talking with you here today.

The truth is that just like Huck Finn, who also mostly tries to tell the capital-T Truth, Ron Currie (the character, that is, not the author) is on a journey. Yes, we're all on a journey, but Ron is on a journey unlike the philosophical or figurative one most of us understand is our life. First to the Caribbean and later to parts unknown, Ron is escaping part of himself and seeking another. The woman he has loved and loves now is beyond his reach. He drinks himself and fights himself into oblivion. His father has died of cancer. It's the processing of these losses that leaves him breathless while he waxes on about the Singularity, when machines will become sentient, seeming in some instances to welcome it as a way to be free of pain but in others, to stand in awe of the capability of the world we've created:

That the machines will see us as a threat requiring elimination seems unlikely to me. My guess is they'll be fairly benevolent, even indulgent toward us, as a gifted child toward a beloved, enfeebled grandfather. They will have nothing to do with our demise, at least not directly. We will die by increments, as does anything that finds itself completely bereft of purpose. We will die, slowly, of shame.

Odd though these interjections may first appear, they're actually poignant and apt as Currie slowly reveals himself to the reader.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Dork VINE VOICE on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am happy to report that after reading Ron Currie Junior's upcoming Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles I didn't feel that way at all. In fact, this would absolutely be a book I would have bought myself. Who doesn't want to read a book about a writer who ends up faking his own suicide only to become ridiculously famous? Here's ten reasons why you too should read it:

1. He pokes fun at Nicholas Sparks- Sucker.

2. The diverse settings- A downtrodden tropical island, the East Coast, and the actual Mount Sinai (as in Egypt... not New York).

3. The romance- Emma is the woman that stole Ron the narrator's heart (perhaps Ron the author, too) in middle school and hasn't let go. Their relationship is complicated and full of ups and downs.

4. The sex- Speaking of Emma... Currie's sex scenes aren't awkward, but instead equally disturbing and hot (this does not mean I'd like to be punched in bed nor do I condone sexual violence, just to clarify).

5. The cover is pretty damn awesome- Note the upper right hand corner. The only thing real is Emma...

6. Gifts of teeth- Nothing says "I'm sorry" and "please call off the caballeros from beating the s*** out of me" like the gift of your own teeth.

7. The father-son relationship- Throughout the novel Ron tells the story of his father's slow death from cancer, something that obviously rocked him to the very core. The emotion is just right; it's not sappy, just genuine.

8. The robots- Did you know the singularity is near? It's going to happen, you guys. And when it does we're totally screwed... or are we?

9. The courtroom testimony- Probably my absolute favorite scene occurs towards the end when Ron is on trial.
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Ron Currie, Jr., took his place as one of America's freshest young literary voices with his acclaimed debut collection, "God Is Dead," which won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.

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