The One-Eyed Man: A Novel (Paperback)
This could be the black comedy I've been waiting for all my life! While employing unique strategies to cope with the recent death of his wife, K. becomes quite literal-minded and loses his baloney filter. Through a series of absurd events he becomes the host of a reality TV show in which he confronts people with the truth, with disastrous and hilarious results. Currie walks a tightrope of comedy over a gaping chasm of heartbreak. This is a perfect satire of modern American culture.— Tony
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.
About the Author
Ron Currie is the author of the novels Everything Matters! and Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles and the short story collection God Is Dead, which was the winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. Currie received the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Portland, Maine.
Praise for The One-Eyed Man:
“Ron Currie has created a character for our times. . .In these latter days of ‘alternative facts,’ the idea of someone fearlessly dedicated to total, literal honesty sounds awfully appealing.”
--Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“A comically verbose and culturally savvy narration tempered by a bass line of vulnerability. K. may not be the truth-telling hero America wants, but he’s unquestionably the one we deserve.”
--The Wall Street Journal
“Entertaining . . . a witty, knotty novel of ‘truth’”
– The Los Angeles Times
“When George Saunders wrote ‘humor is what happens when we’re told the truth quicker and more directly than we’re used to,’ he was talking about the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut – but the line applies perfectly to Ron Currie’s new novel . . . The One Eyed-Man manages to offer readers humor, truth, and something else: the weird, uncomfortable way that life reveals its plans for us.”
--Nick Ripatrazone, Google Play Books
“Currie navigates the funny-sad axis of human relations as well as anyone writing today. . . He’s a consummate performer – engaging and generous, filled with provocative ideas and gorgeous language to express them.”
--Portland Press Herald
“Currie is a talented storyteller . . . he explores the pain of loss and the possibility of redemption with aplomb, humor, and an empathetic hand in this heartbreaking tale.”
"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, author of Everybody’s Fool
"The One-Eyed Man delivers blistering, hilarious social satire and apocalyptic hijinks with the best of them, but what you have after the smoke clears is a deep, moving novel about love and grief. Ron Currie is a many-eyed and many-hearted wonder."
– Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask
"Dead-on timely satire. Currie is as readable as he is brilliant."
--Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook
“A Swift-ian morality tale about a land of ‘hysteria and half-truths’ . . . Currie’s caustic humor and deadly sarcastic bite win out.”
– Kirkus Reviews