“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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She used him and then she left him.

What Currie has created is a fictional memoir — a sort of unauthorized autobiography — that blurs the line between life and literature. For the muracles part, each page could be considered a chapter. With practically every memoir today under suspicion, littl idea has miraces. I guess you could say it is a bit farcical, but only a bit. May 05, Michelle rated it liked it. Jan 12, Roxane rated it it was ok. Even in the remotest desert, one cannot outrun celebrity or the internet.

The subject matter is mostly melancholy, but the there is a playful manner in the storytelling and the non-serious use of some meta-fiction conventions that make this sort of a depressing beach-read kind of novel for people who like say, DFW or Ben Marcus.

Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie Jr.

Constructed out of very brief chapters — some no longer than a paragraph, most about as long as this review — the novel purports to be the memoir of one Ron Currie Jr.

Mark Athitakis is a reviewer based in Washington, D. The novel itself isn’t written in a difficult manner, I just had a hard time getting through some of the sections. As one might expect, his return enrages those who have fallen in love with the legend of his lovelorn suicide, and so, even though his book was marketed as a novel and even though he had nothing to do with any of it, he finds himself under attack for having defrauded readers.


Fiction, Currie tells us, does not tell us how much he loves his Emma. Though the two books are very different – Everything Matters is quasi-science fiction, and FLPM is quasi-memoir – both books centre around these two obsessions, sometimes to the point of redundancy.

Currie quickly dispenses with the games and once the story gets itself rolling, it is anything but gimmicky, quickly settling into an intense, testosterone-fueled depiction of a youngish man in the depths of an existential crisis.

I just learned the term for self-recognizing fiction, or fiction that draws attention to itself as fiction is metafiction. Ron would be a difficult person to tolerate over the course of a novel if not for the fact that his worst acts are frequently buffered llastic unflinchingly honest introspection and an acknowledgment mmiracles his own culpability.

Buy the Audiobook Download: This book well and truly sucked the life out of me for a p,astic hours don’t let it do the same to you. I’m always an easy mark for Currie’s father-son stuff, but the difficult and sad relationship between the character Ron and his lifelong love Emma is also fine.

Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles

Or, if you insist on a natty conclusion, how about this one: This book bounces from narrative about his relationship with Emma the object of his undying loveflashbacks to the long, slow death of his father who was, in the protagonist’s view, a “real” man that he could never live up toand discussions on the idea of the Singularity Google it. Or you might tell the truth: What Ron discovers after his own plastjc is not that life is filled with wonder but that it remains flawed and the pain that brought him to his breaking point, still lityle, much like a craving for nicotine is returned when one removes the patch that is supposed to take that craving away.

This book was terrible. Driver, 19, dies in collision in northwest Twin Cities. He blogs at markathitakis. Under the Feet of Jesus. ,iraclespages. For my part, I discovered I am quite over that kind of protagonist. You are as attached to suffering as a child is to its blankie.


The novel luttle delivered in brief installments, which range in length from two or three sentences to a few short pages. At first, I thought this would bother me but since it didn’t cut into the flow of things, I was not annoyed. Confident that The Singularity will not resemble sci-fi horror stories like I, Robot, he believes the machines will be benevolent rulers who will simplify our lives, streamline our relationships, eliminate all the messy emotional baggage from the world.

Currie wrote about this situation beautifully, he was sweet, self destructive, devoted, damaged, intelligent and emotional and IN LOVE–amongst many other things. I’m spoiling nothing for you by telling you that Ron Currie attempts suicide in the book. The narrator is named Ron Currie Jr. It didn’t read straight thru like a normal novel, but rath Well. We need to see documentation to prove the President is from the same country as us, and then we need to see documentation to prove the documents are real.

But that day I just gave in, went to my knees on the carpet in front of the La-Z-Boy he pretty much lived in those last months, put my face in his lap, soaked his pant legs with tears and snot.

Nov 27, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: But I am not sure that I can explain why, or maybe, I’m not willing to explain. Quotes from Flimsy Mifacles Pla There are no chapters. We punched and clawed at each other, fought like animals… I took beatings from her that rivaled anything the caballeros did to me.

This is a powerfully moving and stimulating work.