Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The bestselling author of "The Plot Against America" now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" ("New York Times") to one man's lifelong skirmish with mortality.
The fate of Roth's everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers, through the family trials and professional achievements of his vigorous adulthood, and into his old age, when he is rended by observing the deterioration of his contemporaries and stalked by his own physical woes.
The terrain of this powerful novel is the human body. Its subject is the common experience that terrifies us all.
About the Author
Philip Roth is one of the most decorated writers in American history, having won the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the PEN/Faulkner Award three times, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and many more. He also won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union and in the same year received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years "for the entire work of the recipient."
"Our most accomplished novelist. . . . [With Everyman] personal tenderness has reached a new intensity."
—The New Yorker
“If descriptive amplitude went out with the nineteenth century, Philip Roth, who strides the whole time and territory of the word, has resuscitated it – in description revved with the power of narrative itself.”
—The New York Times Book Review
"Let's use a noun I've never used before: masterpiece."
“[Roth is] as essential to the experience of modern America–its literature, history, and moral reckoning–as any writer on the planet.”
—The Boston Globe