About this book
A wide-ranging and characteristically perceptive novel from Philip Roth, which explores the notion of the American dream from a variety of perspectives. Set mainly in the turbulence and conflict of the 1960s, it sets the middle-class aspirations of a father against the revolutionary tendencies of his daughter, elucidating the contradictions and transitions which beset America as a country during that period of history. "His second masterpiece in two years...a momentous novel" "Observer".
Seymour Levov, a devoted family man and inheritor of his father's factory, comes of age in thriving post-war America. His daughter Merry is the apple of his eye until America begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s, and Merry grows up to be a terrorist bent on destroying her father's paradise.