Regular price: $25.17

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $25.17

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin - he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills - meet one summer and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella, the first book published by Philip Roth, explores issues of both class and Jewish assimilation into American culture. It won the National Book Award in 1960.
©1993 Phillip Roth (P)2009 Phoenix
Show More Show Less

Critic Reviews

"A masterpiece." ( Newsweek)
"Unlike those of us who come howling into the world, blind and bare, Mr. Roth appears with nails, hair, teeth, speaking coherently. He is skilled, witty, energetic and performs like a virtuoso." (Saul Bellow)
"Superior, startling, incandescently alive." ( The New Yorker)
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By DJ on 01-30-18

Jews Meet the Suburbs -- Sharp but Funny

In this collection of short stories, Philip Roth confronts the question of American Jewish existence in the years following World War II. How to make the move from city to suburbs? To what degree can, or should, one shed those distinctive trappings of Europe that clung to prior generations? In the title story, this is all encased with in a superb summer love story, one that could have been about any young man and woman, but benefits from being about its particular subjects. The remaining stories are good, but read more like short thought pieces, or, at times, diatribes, rather then as coherent tales.

For the performances -- there are several different readers -- they are generally very good, but two stand out. Theodore Bikel's Israeli-accented take on "Eli," the final story in the collection, initially seemed inapt; the character is, after all, a New Jersey suburbanite. However, as the story developed, the performance seemed more and more appropriate, and by the end I believed it to be spot on. Finally, the enactment by John Rubinstein of the title story is funny, insightful, and brings you within the narrator's life as though you had temporarily moved into his home...

Read More Hide me
2 out of 5 stars
By Jeff Solomon on 08-10-16

Wasn't what I remember

I had fond memories reading this book in high school. For a while now I've wanted to go back and re-read it (err listen) partly to relive some of those feelings but also to remember why it had an impact on me in the first place. I really don't recall many books l from high school impact me, but this one did... I think.

But I just didn't like it the second time around. There were moments I had some emotion: I suspect my good memories were mostly around the passion that Neil and Brenda have as I recall being in a difficult relationship then.

But otherwise it just didn't hit me like it did. Or maybe I just don't remember right. I'm old now.

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc