Odds Against Tomorrow: A Novel

Odds Against Tomorrow: A Novel

by Nathaniel Rich
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Odds Against Tomorrow: A Novel by Nathaniel Rich

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 a cavernous 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, global war, 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.
An NPR Best Book of 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466836754
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 442,608
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Nathaniel Rich is the author of The Mayor's Tongue. His essays and short fiction have appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, McSweeney's, and The New York Times Magazine. Born in New York City, he now lives in New Orleans.
Nathaniel Rich is the author of The Mayor's Tongue and Odds Against Tomorrow. His essays and short fiction have appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, McSweeney's, and The New York Times Magazine. Born in New York City, he now lives in New Orleans.

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Odds Against Tomorrow: A Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Adaptoid More than 1 year ago
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.
Lillith0 More than 1 year ago
The book has a weak plot very little character development and no story line.........waste of my money and my time.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thought-provoking and completely enthralling read. Well developed plot that captured my imagination from the first page. Explores the impacts of climate change in a dark but humorous framework.
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