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Written by Philip RothAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Philip Roth

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: February 3, 1998
  • Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-70142-9 (0-375-70142-7)
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

As the American century draws to an uneasy close, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century's promises of prosperity, civic order,  and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock.  Then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him.

For Swede's adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager--a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. Overnight, Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is Roth's masterpiece.

"Dazzling...a wrenching, compassionate, intelligent novel...gorgeous."--Boston Globe