Books: Summer Reading

Comedy, fantasy and biography for beach and lakeside


Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 784 pages $22.50 hardcover, $9.95 paperback

Nathan Zuckerman made his debut in Philip Roth's The Ghost Writer (1979); the hero was an earnest young author in the process of learning that art and life issued contradictory demands. By the time of Zuckerman Unbound (1981), Nathan had become absurdly rich and famous, thanks to a scandalous best-selling novel that estranged him from his father and the rest of his family. Zuckerman's punishment came in The Anatomy Lesson (1983), in which he appeared as a neurasthenic wreck hoping to start life all over again...

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