THE REIGN OF ROTH

An American master continues his millennial hot streak with an alternative history in which President Charles Lindbergh leads America into fascism

EVEN WITH HIS 26TH BOOK about to appear in bookstores, Philip Roth is still revising. Now 71, Roth has won just about every major American award a novelist can win, but a casual suggestion--that he has been insufficiently cruel to one of his characters--gets him pondering. "I didn't think of something like that happening to him," he says, musing aloud. "I guess--you know, it's interesting that you bring that up. It's too late for me to make any changes--the finished book just arrived today--but I wonder what I could have done ..."

That little speech should tell you three things about...

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