The American psyche is channelled into the gripping story of one man.
This is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Philip Roth at his very best.
It is 1998, the year America is plunged into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president.
In a small New England town a distinguished professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues allege that he is a racist.
The charge is unfounded, the persecution needless, but the truth about Silk would astonish even his most virulent accuser.
Coleman Silk has a secret that he has kept for fifty years.
This is the conclusion to Roth's brilliant trilogy of post-war America - a story of seismic shifts in American history and a personal search for renewal and regeneration. 'An extraordinary book - bursting with rage, humming with ideas, full of dazzling sleights of hand' Sunday Telegraph