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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 TodayRon 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.
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"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.
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        March 6, 2017
        Since K.’s wife, Sarah, died from cancer, he’s found himself “wedded to the notion of clarity,” much to the chagrin of his friends. After he prevents a robbery and takes a bullet at a coffee shop, an enigmatic man named Theodore offers him a spot in a reality show, traveling the country and confronting various people about truth. He’s accompanied by Claire, a wry former Total Foods employee. To everyone’s surprise, the show is a huge hit. Unfortunately, K. has made himself a target, which is great for ratings but not so great for his health. In the third act, K. and Claire are kidnapped in Texas by a gun devotee with an agenda, and in the aftermath, no one will be the same again. Currie is a talented storyteller; K.’s reality show adventures, all told in K’s voice, offer sardonic humor and a healthy dose of outrageousness, but the heartbreaking passages on his wife’s last days are the real windows into K.’s damaged soul. Currie explores the pain of loss and possibility of redemption with aplomb, humor, and an empathetic hand in this heartbreaking tale.

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        January 15, 2017
        A Swift-ian morality tale about a land of "hysteria and half-truths." Currie's (Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, 2013, etc.) fourth and most conventional novel has an epigraph from Erasmus: "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." K., our 44-year-old narrator, is a common, honest man in a contemporary America where people are all too ready to twist the truth. K.'s beloved wife, Sarah, died from cancer seven months ago. He isn't taking it well; in fact, he has become "completely unhinged." K.'s friend Tony tells him he has turned into "Mr. Roboto...you're so goddam literal." K. suffers from a heightened sense of hyperfactuality. He argues with Tony about the wording on a bottle of hand wash and ends up throwing it through Tony's window. He gets into an argument over what someone's bumper sticker actually means. At Total Foods, he gets into an argument with a clerk, Claire, about how fruits are incorrectly labeled, but, he tells her, he's "not dangerous or anything." He "just needs things to be true....Actual. Clear." Off to get his usual Grande Americano he sees a young woman in a store being held up. He knocks on the window and gets shot, saving her. To K.'s befuddlement, he's proclaimed a hero, given an award. A newsman from Fox visits him in the hospital and wants to do a reality TV show with him. America, You Stoopid follows K. and Claire (now his manager) around America. They talk with people about many issues: abortion, gun control, immigration. But the "dominant mode of national discourse"--things are either entirely right or wrong--brings about nasty arguments, and K. becomes a major star. Tomfoolery and shenanigans abound in this wicked indictment of our divided land. Even though the over-the-top ending sputters into a wild tailspin, Currie's caustic humor and deadly sarcastic bite win out.

        COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Outspoken after his wife's death, the cantankerous K. becomes a media hero with his own reality TV show after scotching an armed robbery. But his rapt audience eventually rebels against his puncturing their merry myths. Currie has had many fans since winning the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award for his debut work, the story collection God Is Dead.

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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"Dark, tender, and oh-so-timely." – USA Today

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