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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
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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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By W Perry Hall on 04-21-14

Love begins and Assimilation

The winner of the 1960 National Book Award, the title story GOODBYE, COLUMBUS is of the end of love, discovered. It's actually a novella accompanied by 5 nice short stories. The novella is well worth the admission price, a tale of young love between two 20-somethings blending issues of the heart, class and the sexual mores at mid-20th century. It also explores differences among Jews as well as Jewish *assimilation* in the 50's.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barry on 06-23-18

Outstanding

Read this to fill a hole in my education. Can’t believe I never read Roth before. Will read more soon.

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