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  • Published: 3 December 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099485032
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $22.99

Letting Go




Letting Go was Philip Roth's first full-length novel, now reissued in electric new backlist style

Gabe Wallach, freshly discharged from the Korean War army, reeling from his mother's recent death, and thus freed from old attachments, is hungrily seeking new ones. He's drawn to Paul Herz, a fellow graduate in literature, and to Libby - Paul's moody, Catholic-turned-Jewish wife. Gabe wonders: how to reconcile the ordered 'world of feeling' found in books with the anarchy of life, responsible adulthood, and his own love affairs? When Gabe meets Martha Reganhart, a spirited, outspoken, divorced mother of two, she poses the greatest challenge that he, and his moral enthusiasm, will face.

Letting Go is Philip Roth's blistering first full-length novel.

  • Published: 3 December 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099485032
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Philip Roth

Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey on 19 March 1933. The second child of second-generation Americans, Bess and Herman Roth, Roth grew up in the largely Jewish community of Weequahic, a neighbourhood he was to return to time and again in his writing. After graduating from Weequahic High School in 1950, he attended Bucknell University, Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, where he received a scholarship to complete his M.A. in English Literature.

In 1959, Roth published Goodbye, Columbus – a collection of stories, and a novella – for which he received the National Book Award. Ten years later, the publication of his fourth novel, Portnoy’s Complaint, brought Roth both critical and commercial success, firmly securing his reputation as one of America’s finest young writers. Roth was the author of thirty-one books, including those that were to follow the fortunes of Nathan Zuckerman, and a fictional narrator named Philip Roth, through which he explored and gave voice to the complexities of the American experience in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.

Roth’s lasting contribution to literature was widely recognised throughout his lifetime, both in the US and abroad. Among other commendations he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the International Man Booker Prize, twice the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, and presented with the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal by Presidents Clinton and Obama, respectively.

Philip Roth died on 22 May 2018 at the age of eighty-five having retired from writing six years previously.

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Praise for Letting Go

Letting Go seethes with life

New York Times

A rich book, full of incident, wry and sad and even in its most desolating scenes somehow amusing

Harper's

Letting Go is further proof of Mr. Roth's astonishing talent...amusing and touching and shocking by turns

New York Times

A first novel of awesome maturity

James Atlas

One of the country's finest, most forcefully intelligent and serious contemporary writers

New York Times

[Roth] has the finest eye for the details of American life since Sinclair Lewis

Stanley Edgar Hyman

There's no doubting how good a writer Roth is

Guardian

A rare pleasure to read

Time

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