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New to Vintage Classics, this is the second book of Roth's eloquent trilogy of postwar America – a magnificent successor to American Pastoral and precursor to The Human Stain

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Philip Roth turns his gaze on 30s and 40s America in this magnificent successor to American Pastoral.

Ira Ringold is an American roughneck who transforms himself from a ditch-digger in 1930s New Jersey, to a radio hotshot in the 1940s. In his heyday as a star – and as a bullying supporter of 'progressive' political causes – Ira marries Hollywood's leading lady, Eve Frame. Their glamorous honeymoon is short-lived, however, and it is the publication of Eve's scandalous bestselling exposé that identifies Ira as 'an American taking his orders from Moscow'. In this story of cruelty, betrayal, and revenge friends become deadly enemies, parents and children estranged, lovers blacklisted and the great felled from vertiginous heights.

‘Knotted with energy, barely wasting a scene or word in its cracking velocity’ Mail on Sunday
‘A passionate and coruscating American tragedy’ Financial Times

Reviews

A passionate and coruscating American tragedy

Financial Times

Knotted with energy, barely wasting a scene or word in its cracking velocity

Mail on Sunday

One of the great political novels of our age; a card-carrying Shakespearean tragedy with New Jersey dirt beneath its fingernails

Xan Brooks, Guardian

Quintessential Philip Roth

Sunday Telegraph

A magnificent novel of ideas, a disquisition on the fallout of the death of ideology

Observer

Roth explores our expedients and tragedies with a masterly, often unnerving, blend of tenderness, harshness, insight and wit...a gripping novel

New York Times Book Review

Roth remains as edgy, as furious, as funny, and as dangerous as he was forty years ago

New York Review of Books

I Married a Communist proves that, following the success of Sabbath's Theater and American Pastoral, he remains on extraordinary form... Wonderful storytelling and characterisation

Guardian, Books of the Year

The McCarthy era has faded, eerily, into nostalgia, just as Capitol Hill produces its own 90s version of witch-hunt and communal obsession with enemies of the state, and perversions of justice perpetrated in democracy's name. Roth avoids nostalgia by making his narrator an active, if unwitting participant in the original drama, caught up in political currents and counter-currents he did not comprehend at the time

Lisa Jardine

Roth’s conflicted, many-layered characters give this work memorable force

Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784875558

    August 1, 2019

    Vintage Classics

    352 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099287834

    August 6, 1999

    Vintage

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781446400609

    June 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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