• The Index of Self-Destructive Acts

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Beha
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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The Index of Self-Destructive Acts

By: Christopher Beha
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
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A novel about belief - in a game, a job, a way of life, a family - and the unexpected ways we rely on each other when our most important realities crumble

The day Sam Waxworth arrives in New York to write for The Interviewer, a street-corner preacher declares that the world is coming to an end. A sports statistician, data journalist, and newly minted media celebrity who correctly forecasted every outcome of the 2008 election, Sam’s familiar with predicting the future. But when projection meets reality, things turn complicated. 

Sam’s editor sends him to profile disgraced political columnist Frank Doyle. To most readers, Doyle is a liberal lion turned neocon Iraq war apologist, but to Sam he is above all the author of the great works of baseball lore that sparked Sam’s childhood love of the game - books he now views as childish myth-making to be crushed with his empirical hammer. But Doyle proves something else in person: charming, intelligent, and more convincing than Sam could have expected. Then there is his daughter, Margo, to whom Sam becomes desperately attracted - just as his wife, Lucy, arrives from Wisconsin. 

The lives of these characters are entwined with those of the rest of the Doyle family - Frank’s wife, Kit, whose investment bank collapsed during the financial crisis; his son, Eddie, an Army veteran just returned from his second combat tour; and Eddie’s best childhood friend, hedge funder Justin Price. While the end of the world might not be arriving, Beha’s characters are each headed for apocalypses of their own making.

©2020 Christopher Beha (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Not a compelling story

This is a very pedestrian. narrative. The story is about the present. It needs some drama to bring it to life

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An excellent book

Absolutely incredible -- well-written characters and a melancholic but funny story, read well by the narrator. A strong recommend.

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The Catholic novel lives

Christopher Beha is almost single-handedly keeping the tradition of the Catholic novel alive
His characters are finely drawn and representative of a whole generation of New York Catholics. He knows that faith lives even when only half-remembered.