New York: Houghton Mifflin and Co., 2008. First Edition. Small Octavo. Item #031480
233 pages. Signed by the author. A fascinating novel of a young man's education in life's terrifying choices. inspired by Roth's college years and set in 1951, it evokes the drabness of a time when living standards were much lower than today; anti-Semitism was pervasive; and the fear of Communism was epidemic. Teenage culture had yet to flower. The early murmurings of rock ’n’ roll were distant stirrings on black R&B radio, and racial segregation held sway. The tone of everyday life was circumspect and grimly proper. AA fine copy bound in 1/4 black cloth over black paper covered boards, spine lettering gilt, in a fine bright unclipped dust jacket.