Best of 1991

NONFICTION

1 PATRIMONY by Philip Roth.

Writing of how he cared for his dying father, Roth gives us that rarest of reads: a narrative of piercing clarity and emotional impact about one of life's crucial events. The son finds himself a parent to his own father, a stubborn 86-year-old who puts up a gallant fight against the brain tumor that daily robs him of his strength and dignity. In Herman Roth, the novelist discovers the source of his own tenacious character. There are no literary feints or false notes here, only the steady, frank voice of a writer who has mastered...

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