book cover of The Ruined House

The Ruined House

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
“In The Ruined House a ‘small harmless modicum of vanity’ turns into an apocalyptic bonfire.  Shot through with humor and mystery and insight, Ruby Namdar's wonderful first novel examines how the real and the unreal merge.  It's a daring study of madness, masculinity, myth-making and the human fragility that emerges in the mix."

—Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin

Winner of the Sapir Prize, Israel’s highest literary award

Picking up the mantle of legendary authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, an exquisite literary talent makes his debut with a nuanced and provocative tale of materialism, tradition, faith, and the search for meaning in contemporary American life.

Andrew P. Cohen, a professor of comparative culture at New York University, is at the zenith of his life. Adored by his classes and published in prestigious literary magazines, he is about to receive a coveted promotion—the crowning achievement of an enviable career. He is on excellent terms with Linda, his ex-wife, and his two grown children admire and adore him. His girlfriend, Ann Lee, a former student half his age, offers lively companionship. A man of elevated taste, education, and culture, he is a model of urbanity and success.

But the manicured surface of his world begins to crack when he is visited by a series of strange and inexplicable visions involving an ancient religious ritual that will upend his comfortable life.

Beautiful, mesmerizing, and unsettling, The Ruined House unfolds over the course of one year, as Andrew’s world unravels and he is forced to question all his beliefs. Ruby Namdar’s brilliant novel embraces the themes of the American Jewish literary canon as it captures the privilege and pedantry of New York intellectual life in the opening years of the twenty-first century.

 

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"With richly poetic prose, Ruby Namdar portrays a man who leads a successful, comfortable secular life--until he finds himself haunted by religious visions. The Ruined House is shocking, insightful, and deeply disturbing." - Lauren Belfer

"In another writer's hands, this would be a novel about a midlife crisis. But Ruby Namdar takes the usual selfish questions about ego and fulfillment and empties them out, placing his main character and his readers directly on top of a fault line in the edifice of time. The Ruined House is about one man's life and how the world opens beneath him, letting him fall into an ancient legacy that has always rumbled beneath the surface of our superficial world. A fantastic work about the past that lives within the present." - Dara Horn

"In The Ruined House a ‘small harmless modicum of vanity’ turns into an apocalyptic bonfire. Shot through with humor and mystery and insight, Ruby Namdar's wonderful first novel examines how the real and the unreal merge. It's a daring study of madness, masculinity, myth-making and the human fragility that emerges in the mix." - Colum McCann

"The Ruined House is a fascinating novel about the overwhelming presence of myth and historical trauma in our lives. A cross between Saul Bellow's disintegrating intellectuals and Bulgakov's mystical revelations, this is a fiercely inventive novel." - Amos Oz


Used availability for Ruby Namdar's The Ruined House

Hardback Editions

November 2017 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: The Ruined House: A Novel
Author(s): Ruby Namdar
ISBN: 0-06-246749-2 / 978-0-06-246749-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: The Ruined House: A Novel
Author(s): Ruby Namdar
ISBN: 0-06-246748-4 / 978-0-06-246748-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

November 2017 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Ruined House Lib/E
Author(s): Ruby Namdar
ISBN: 1-5384-5595-1 / 978-1-5384-5595-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2017 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Ruined House: A Novel
Author(s): Ruby Namdar
ISBN: 1-5384-5597-8 / 978-1-5384-5597-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2017 : USA MP3 CD
thumb

Title: The Ruined House: A Novel
Author(s): Ruby Namdar
ISBN: 1-5384-5596-X / 978-1-5384-5596-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Ruined House: A Novel
Author(s): Ruby Namdar
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


November 2017 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Ruined House: A Novel
Author(s): Ruby Namdar
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon AU   


November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Ruined House: A Novel
Author(s): Ruby Namdar
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


November 2017 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Ruined House: A Novel
Author(s): Ruby Namdar
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Ruined House: A Novel
Author(s): Ruby Namdar
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU