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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Random House Group 1998

Swede Levov, a well-meaning Jew, is one of the most contented men in America until things start to go wrong. Significant events in the latter half of the century in America are dramatised in the life of one family, in one all-American consciousness. The result is an intensely absorbing and readable novel, with a uniquely vivid central character.
Philip Roth was born in New Jersey. American Pastoral won the Pulitzer Prize.

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American Pastoral by Philip Roth