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A Philosophy of Ruin

By: Nicholas Mancusi
Narrated by: James Fouhey
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Summary

"Riveting fun to read." (New York Times Book Review)

"An unforgettable debut. Mancusi is a writer to watch." (Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel)

A Time Magazine Best Book of Summer

A Vol. 1 Brooklyn Book of the Month

A LitHub Most Anticipated Book of Summer

An Evening Standard Summer Reading Pick

An InsideHook Best Book of the Month 

A young philosophy professor finds himself in the middle of a drug-running operation after his personal life derails in this taut, white-knuckle debut for fans of Breaking Bad 

Oscar Boatwright, a disenchanted philosophy professor, receives terrible news. His mother, on her way home from Hawaii with Oscar's father, has died mid-flight, her body cooling for hours until the plane can land.

Deeply grieving, Oscar feels his life slipping out of his control. A seemingly innocuous one-night stand with a woman named Dawn becomes volatile when, on the first day of classes, he realizes she is his student and later learns that she is a fledgling campus drug lord. To make matters worse, his family is in debt, having lost their modest savings to a self-help guru who had indoctrinated Oscar's mother by preying on her depression. Desperate to help his family, Oscar breaks with his academic personality - he agrees to help Dawn with a drug run.

A Philosophy of Ruin rumbles with brooding nihilism, then it cracks like a whip, hurtling Oscar and Dawn toward a terrifying threat on the road. Can Oscar halt the acceleration of chaos? Or was his fate never in his control? 

Taut, ferocious and blazingly intelligent, A Philosophy of Ruin is a heart-pounding thrill ride into the darkest corners of human geography, and a philosophical reckoning with the forces that determine our destiny.

©2019 Nicholas Mancusi (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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heady, exciting and sexy

super engaging, don't let the slow start fool you. continuous crescendo that makes you ask big questions

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  • 16-09-19

The intellectual’s action thriller

The best novel I’ve completed in a long time. Some stories take work to get started, but this one drew me in from the first chapter. A unique mix of gunfire and philosophic introspection.