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American Pastoral

Seymour "Swede" Levov - a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor of his father's Newark glove factory - comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even the most private, well-intentioned citizens, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history.

Year: 1997     Genre: Family DramaHistoricalRealism

The Human Stain

It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

Year: 2000     Genre: Realism

The Plot Against America

In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh.

Year: 2004     Genre: Alternate HistoryPolitical Thriller

Mar 19, 1933 -- May 22, 2019

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1973The Great American NovelSatire, Baseball
1979The Ghost WriterLiterature, Zuckerman
1981Zuckerman UnboundLiterature, Zuckerman
1983The Anatomy LessonLiterature, Zuckerman
1985The Prague OrgyLiterature, Zuckerman, Prague
1986The CounterlifeDestiny, Zuckerman
1997American PastoralFamily Drama, Historical, Realism, Zuckerman
1998I Married a CommunistHistorical, Zuckerman
2000The Human StainRealism, Zuckerman
2004The Plot Against AmericaAlternate History, Political Thriller
2007Exit GhostRealism, Zuckerman, New York City




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