Goodbye, Columbus: And Five Short Stories

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Vintage Books, 1987 - Fiction - 298 pages
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Roth's award-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight, and a fierce compassion for even the most self-deluding of his characters.

Goodbye, Columbusis the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who meet one summer break and dive 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 that range in tone from the iconoclastic to the astonishingly tender and that illuminate the subterranean conflicts between parents and children and friends and neighbors in the American Jewish diaspora.

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User Review  - jeffome - LibraryThing

Loved this book. Easy writing style that catches you immediately and keeps the pages turning. Could also oddly relate well to the characters, even though I am not Jewish, which is a prevalent theme in ... Read full review

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User Review  - DanielAlgara - LibraryThing

Why have I never picked up a Philip Roth book before? In these pages were honesty and beauty and strong voices with things that actually HAPPEN. Not like those dumb as faux literary magazines (that's ... Read full review

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About the author (1987)

In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize forAmerican 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. 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 2005The Plot Against Americareceived the Society of American Historians’ Prize for “the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004.” Recently Roth received PEN’s two most prestigious awards: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. Roth is the only living American novelist to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and was later named the fourth recipient of the Man Booker International Prize.

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