A Philosophy of Ruin by Nicholas Mancusi audiobook

A Philosophy of Ruin: A Novel

By Nicholas Mancusi
Read by James Fouhey

Hanover Square Press, Harlequin Audio 9781335930668
6.71 Hours Unabridged
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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 midflight, 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.

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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 midflight, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A Philosophy of Ruin is the smartest blend of philosophy seminar and action movie. I loved it.” Caroline Kepnes, author of You
“For all its edgy, downbeat humor, the novel inspires a deep emotional investment in Oscar. The big existential questions that get asked are brilliantly framed by his antics. The payoff is, dare we say it, profound. Brooklyn writer Mancusi’s revelatory novel is a drug tale with a difference—even the chase scenes are philosophical.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Oscar’s struggles with his family’s pain and his own desperation are tenderly written, and his frenetic spiral into illicit affairs is both moving and humorous. Mancusi’s novel successfully depicts the long, mutating shadow of grief and depression.” Publishers Weekly
“Gripping…Mancusi’s writing is sophisticated, graceful, and deeply empathetic.” Booklist
“An unforgettable debut. Mancusi is a writer to watch.” Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
A Philosophy of Ruin is a wickedly sharp novel, darkly hilarious yet also big-hearted and full of surprising twists and turns. I couldn’t put it down.” Dan Chaon, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Nicholas Mancusi

Author Bio: Nicholas Mancusi

Nicholas Mancusi has written about books and culture for the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, Newsweek, NPR Books, American Arts Quarterly, BOMB magazine, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.71
Audience: Adult
Language: English