Looking for the best Philip Roth books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.
- American Pastoral: American Trilogy (1) (Vintage International) (1998)
- The Plot Against America (2005)
- Goodbye, Columbus : And Five Short Stories (Vintage International) (1994)
- The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3) (2001)
- Portnoy’s Complaint (1994)
- Sabbath’s Theater (1996)
- The Ghost Writer (1995)
- I Married a Communist: American Trilogy (2) (1999)
- Patrimony: A True Story (1996)
- Nemesis (Vintage International) (2011)
- Everyman (2007)
Here is Philip Roth’s masterpiece—an elegy for the American 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.
The Plot Against America (2005)
Never more relevant than now, this national bestseller will challenge all who believe that “it can’t happen here.” “A terrific political novel . . . Sinister, vivid, dreamlike . . . creepily plausible. . . You turn the pages, astonished and frightened.” — The New York Times Book Review In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D.
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.
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.
Portnoy’s Complaint (1994)
Portnoy’s Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature.
Sabbath’s Theater (1996)
is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is its gargantuan hero. Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Sabbath at sixty-four is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his long-time mistress—an erotic free spirit whose adulterous daring surpassed even his own—Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past.
The Ghost Writer (1995)
introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol, E. I. Lonoff.
I Married a Communist: American Trilogy (2) (1999)
is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.In his heyday as a star—and as a zealous, bullying supporter of "progressive"