- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Read This: Everything Matters!
Ron Currie's second book impressed me, captivated me and ultimately slayed me. The end is so damn beautiful I stayed up late so I could finish and I had to remind myself to take a breath once in a while. The end is so damn beautiful I reread it this morning and wept again.
Ron Currie is a generous author. He's given us an amazing story and then some. He's offered us food for the intellect and for the soul. If you, as you're reading along, think your mind can't handle any more surprises and that a book couldn't possibly hold so many twists and turns, Currie proves you wrong time and again.
"Everything Matters" is a novel of contradictions: elegant restraint/ raw emotion; pragmatic/ spiritual; despair/ hope. It shows us we are alone and at the same time we are bravely and wonderously connected.
Currie's imagination takes us on a white-knuckled ride and in the end, screeches to a halt in front of the undeniable truth that everything does indeed matter.
Do not miss reading this book. It will change your expectations of what literature can do. It may even change your life.