As one of the most important authors of the 20th century, Philip Roth managed not only to establish a name for himself but to continue growing as a writer while producing novels at a breakneck pace, turning out one every fall for the past five years. This week sees the publication of Roth's 31st novel, Nemesis, a welcome addition to the uncharacteristically dark material he's been producing for the past several years. The story, assumed by critics to be at least a partial reflection on Roth's own mortality, follows the unraveling of a PE teacher named Bucky Cantor in the mid-1940s. Though Cantor manages to dodge both military service and polio, he is unable to escape the resulting demons, and the result is some of Roth's most compelling work yet.
hits shelves on Tuesday, October 5.