Odds Against Tomorrow

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New York City, the near future: Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician, is hired by a mysterious new financial consulting firm, FutureWorld. The business operates out of an empty office in the Empire State Building; Mitchell is employee number two. He is asked to calculate worst-case scenarios in the most intricate detail, and his schemes are sold to corporations to indemnify them against any future disasters. This is the cutting edge of corporate irresponsibility, and ...
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Odds Against Tomorrow: A Novel

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Overview

New York City, the near future: Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician, is hired by a mysterious new financial consulting firm, FutureWorld. The business operates out of an empty office in the Empire State Building; Mitchell is employee number two. He is asked to calculate worst-case scenarios in the most intricate detail, and his schemes are sold to corporations to indemnify them against any future disasters. This is the cutting edge of corporate irresponsibility, and business is booming.

As Mitchell immerses himself in the mathematics of catastrophe—ecological collapse, war games, natural disasters—he becomes obsessed by a culture's fears. Yet he also loses touch with his last connection to reality: Elsa Bruner, a friend with her own apocalyptic secret, who has started a commune in Maine. Then, just as Mitchell's predictions reach a nightmarish crescendo, an actual worst-case scenario overtakes Manhattan. Mitchell realizes he is uniquely prepared to profit. But at what cost?

At once an all-too-plausible literary thriller, an unexpected love story, and a philosophically searching inquiry into the nature of fear, Nathaniel Rich's Odds Against Tomorrow poses the ultimate questions of imagination and civilization. The future is not quite what it used to be.

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"It is almost impossible to read this novel without indelible images of Hurricane Sandy coming to mind. The novel succeeds on its own terms in envisioning such a disaster in terrifyingly visceral terms. And Mitchell's intensely fraught journey from man of intellect to man of action is one the [listener] will not soon forget." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Library Journal - Audio
06/15/2014
Rich's (The Mayor's Tongue) prescient novel (written pre-Hurricane Sandy) uses the story of a monster storm hitting Manhattan as the starting point for an allegory about the human condition. This well-told tale traces the development of Mitchell Zukor's character after a disaster, meditating on love and fear and loss along the way. Fine narration by Kirby Heyborne adds to the listener's enjoyment. VERDICT This is engaging and entertaining—and more than a little frightening in its predictions of natural disaster. Highly recommended.—Wendy Galgan, St. Francis Coll., Brooklyn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452613116
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Nathaniel Rich is the author of the novel Mayor's Tongue and the critically acclaimed nonfiction title San Francisco Noir.

Kirby Heyborne, an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian, has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and has narrated such titles as Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, and The Genius by Jesse Kellerman.

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

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    EXCELLENT!

    I really enjoyed this novel. I couldn't put it down, with its odd characters and completely unique plot. I can't recall a story so beset with calamity and all the while humorous, with an undertone of good feeling. Exquisitely researched with a fully realized premise. I highly recommend.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Don't waste your time or money

    The book has a weak plot very little character development and no story line.........waste of my money and my time.......

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