Goodbye, Columbus: And Five Short Stories

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Vintage Books, 2006 - Jewish fiction - 221 pages
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Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

Philip Roth's prize-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight and humane compassion for even the most self-deluding of his characters.

Goodbye, Columbus is the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who meet one summer and fall into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella is accompanied by five short stories - sometimes iconoclastic, sometimes elegiac - that crackle with irreverent originality and display Roth's blazing early talent.

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This release by the 1960 National Book Award winner will acquaint listeners with the world of American Jews in the 1950s and to Roths wit and insight into the problems accompanying assimilation. A ... Read full review

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Don't know why I went back to Roth after despising American Pastoral (surprised and disappointed that I did). But I liked this, Roth's first published work. The novella, "Goodbye, Columbus," is good ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner and Saul Bellow, among others. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians e(tm) Prize for e~the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003 e"2004 e(tm).

Recently Roth received PEN e(tm)s two most prestigious prizes: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award e~for a body of work . . . of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship e(tm) and in 2007 the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, given to a writer whose e~scale of achievement over a sustained career . . . places him or her in the highest rank of American literature e(tm). In 2011 Roth won the International Man Booker Prize.

Roth is the only living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America.

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