The deepest riddle of Christianity is only this: How could anyone possibly believe it? In answer to this question, The Convert tells the true story of one man’s punishing journey across the extremes of human experience, through fire and heartbreak, passion and betrayal, prison and madness, to the very brink of belief. It’s the story of one man and one moment, the moment of God’s triumph, or sanity’s defeat.
“This is an extraordinary piece of writing. Nuanced, intelligent and, above all, honest, The Convert operates on several levels. It is the gripping personal story of one man and his struggle to overcome a series of tragedies. It is also a refreshingly clear-eyed meditation on faith. The Convert will make atheists and believers alike question their assumptions and, just maybe, find common ground.” —Eric Weiner, author of Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine
“Erin Mounsey is a survivor of horrific burns whose backstory is widely available online. The Convert, too, tells his story, but this is no mere pedestrian profile; rather it is a tale that reads as if it were almost palpably difficult for its unapologetic atheist author to tell. As Broudy himself says, “This is not an argument. This is the story of one man’s odyssey from atheism to belief.” As these things go, it must rank as one of the most dramatic since that of St. Paul, so rich, virtuosic, and memorable that the temptation to shout its highlights from the rooftops grapples with the contrary desire to give almost nothing away, the better to let interested readers discover its deep well of poignantly challenging charms for themselves. Suffice it to say that if there’s a more accomplished chronicler of existential ambivalence alive today, please bring him or her to my attention. In the meantime, Oliver Broudy’s growing collection of Kindle Singles will do just fine.” —Jason Kirk, Amazon.com
“On its surface, The Codex is a coyly unfolding narrative of an adventure to Prague in pursuit of the meaning of a strange book: “a book of profound moral ambiguity, both beautiful and bizarre, alluring and repellent. A book so explicit that it would be banned by any public library, a book whose pages chronicled the extinction of mystery, and at the same time spawned new mysteries just by existing.” Along the way, he meets an outspoken cosmetic surgeon, a mysterious artist of the female form, and—perhaps—the key to his own ambivalence about adulthood. As with his first Kindle Single, The Saint, Broudy’s multi-dimensional narrative rests on a keen succession of nested structures, in this case a profile wrapped in another profile couched in a memoir, of sorts. At the level of craft, this alone identifies Broudy as a rising talent. Add the lushness of his language and a succession of scalping insights into modern life, and The Codex makes a compelling case for Oliver Broudy’s emergence among the master essayists at work today.” —Jason Kirk, Amazon.com
“Lyrical, provocative, the mysterious Codex stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page.” —Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
“This is going to be an adventure,” James says presciently. “I have a feeling both of us are going to be very different after this.” And so it proves, as one jaded New Yorker is swept by a spiritually radiant revolutionary on a journey of transformation, from the narcissistic bubble of New York City to the sweeping vistas of the Dhauladhar mountains in northern India. Along the way the mismatched duo cross paths with rogue Chinese agents, the incensed descendents of Mahatma Gandhi, and ultimately the Dalai Lama himself. A gripping blend of action, intelligence, and insight.
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“This small, extraordinary book has more to say about life, disappointment, New York, Tibet, India, the holy, and the profane, than most other books could say in ten times as many pages. Oliver Broudy’s astounding, funny, harrowing, and finally quite sad experience with a millionaire philanthropist and arch eccentric—a man as saintly as he is demonic–is conveyed in prose as startling as cold water. This is a book I deeply envy, a book I will read again—probably immediately.” —Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter