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Hume's Fork

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Length: 338 pages5 hours

Summary

Barely adequate philosophy professor Legare Hume has a mind-body problem. No matter how far he goes, no matter how hard he thinks, he can't escape the world he lives in. On the run from his wife Tally, Legare joins brilliant but exceptionally awkward colleague Saul Grossman to attend the American Philosophical Association's Charleston, South Carolina conference, where worlds and walks of life collide in a strange and satirical amalgamation that can only be described as reality.

Legare's mission is simple enough: put up with the conference, read a paper he never thought anyone would want to hear, receive the tenure he isn't sure he wants, and return, or not, to the wife who nearly killed him before he left. But his plans are hijacked by a botched hotel reservation and the all-too-convenient presence of the Southern family Legare has worked very hard all his adult life to avoid.

Hume's Fork is a brilliantly satirical and philosophical novel, every bit as funny as it is intelligent—a true original. Legare's conflict—Hume's fork, if you will— becomes the reader's, for all worlds are one, and nothing can truly be separate from everything else.

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