Exit Ghost

Publisher: Penguin Canada
Alone for eleven years on his New England mountain, Zuckerman has been nothing but a writer: no media, no terrorist threats, no women, no tasks other than his work and the enduring of old age.Walking the streets of New York after so many years away, he quickly makes three connections that explode his carefully protected solitude. Suddenly involved, as he never wanted or intended to be again, with love, mourning, desire, and animosity, Zuckerman plays out an interior drama of vivid and poignant possibilities. Revisiting the characters from Roth’s much-heralded The Ghost Writer, Exit Ghost is an astounding leap into yet another phase in this great writer’s oeuvre.

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1 The Present MomentI hadn't been in New York in eleven years. Other than for surgery in Boston to remove a cancerous prostate, I'd hardly been off my rural mountain road in the Berkshires in those eleven years and, what's more, had rarely looked at a newspaper or listened to the news since 9/11, three years back;...
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“[Roth's] prose is as assured and inviting as ever. . . . Exit Ghost delivers pages of great, sad power.”—The Washington Post Book World“This book is latter-day Roth at his intricately thoughtful best.”—The New York Times Book Review“Even in the face of death these characters are vivid and alive. . . . Roth is without a doubt one of the greatest living American writers, if not the greatest.”—The San Francisco Chronicle“Intricate, artful, and pressing.”—The New Yorker