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K., the intriguing 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 hyperarticulate 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. loses his metaphorical capacity, becoming so wedded to the notion of clarity that he infuriates everyone, 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, through a conflagration of biblical proportions, he discovers that the world will fight viciously to preserve its delusions about itself.

©2017 Ron Currie, Jr. (P)2017 Highbridge Audio

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Curie has an unmatched gift for imagining an America that already, somehow, exists. He demonstrated that in his first work, GOD IS DEAD, and achieves much the same effect in this new book, revealing a country both vibrant and desolate, godless and divine.

THE ONE-EYED MAN gives us a character and a nation so affixed to dogma that both have lost the ability to identify and feel emotion. Cold logic, fiery politics, and mindless entertainment have left us all trapped on a collision course we're savvy enough to see coming but feel powerless to change.

This combination makes for unexpected comedy as well as unavoidable tragedy in this work that feels so important, especially now.