Patrimony Lib/E: A True Story

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.1 X 1.2 X 6.7 inches | 0.6 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians' Prize for "the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004." Roth received PEN's two most prestigious awards: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and was later named the fourth recipient of the Man Booker International Prize. He died in 2018.

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.


In a cunningly straightforward way, Patrimony tells one of the central true stories many Americans share nowadays...Such telling is a marvel of artful wit and vigor...It is the triumphant art of the literal...The gloriously pragmatic, unpredictable genius of Philip Roth's narrative gifts.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

A deeply resonant portrait of a father and son...Roth has looked past all comfort and condolence to find the truth-about himself and his father; about death and the fear of it; and about the absolute vulnerability to which love condemns us all.

-- "Chicago Tribune"

A tough-minded, beautifully written memoir...It smacks of honesty and truthfulness on every page.

-- "San Francisco Chronicle"

Even before Philip has his own terrifying brush with death in an emergency quintuple bypass operation, he realizes that his father taught and embodied 'the vernacular, unpoetic and unexpressive and point-blank, with all the vernacular's glaring limitations and all its durable force.' An elegy of overwhelming horror and pity-filled with Roth's graceful prose and narrative control, but also with a humanity sometimes missing in his other work.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Here is his most humane as he pens a kaddish to his recently deceased father, Herman.

-- "Publishers Weekly"