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American Pastoral



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American Trilogy


# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 1997-00-00 Houghton Mifflin  

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Awarded the Pulitzer Prize, 1998 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. And 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. And 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.

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