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Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his 86-year-old father - famous for his vigor, his charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections - battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, full of love, anxiety, and dread, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, and, as he does so, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father's long, stubborn engagement with life.

Philip Roth is hailed by many as the reigning king of American fiction. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, this memoir about love, survival, and memory is one of his most intimate books, but also one of his most intellectually vigorous. Patrimony is Roth's elegy to his father, written with piercing observation and wit at the height of his literary prowess.

©2016 Philip Roth (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Glimpse of true family emotions

I became absorbed into the narrator's honest, emotional account of his father's last year's. I was able to identify with his main protagonist, his very complex father.
I was very moved by the tender, raw emotions laid bare. Very cleverly written; I was very tearful at the conclusion of Philip Roth's moving account of his father's death. I was also aware of the humorous theme running through the story. I recommend highly.
P.Hopewell