As promised Wednesday, we're going to kick off The Summer of Roth with a different kind of giveaway. We recently bought a lot of 15 Roth novels, mostly older editions of titles we didn't have. But there were a few duplicates in the lot, so we're offering the titles pictured below: Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint, The Ghost Writer and Operation Shylock. All in original hardcover with tattered dust jackets. Plus we're throwing in the latest Library of America collection of Roth called "Novels and Other Narratives: 1986-1991," which includes the remarkable The Counterlife, as well as The Facts, Deception and the NBCC Award winning Patrimony.
Sure, they're a bit moth-eaten but there's nothing quite like the cachet of having hard covers on your shelf right? We all know the song, so sing along: Drop us an email, subject line "ROTH MY WORLD" and please include your full mailing address. If you've won during the last six months, you'll need to sit this one out. We'll take your entries until 8 p.m. PST and the Random Number Generator swings into swift and merciless action. Until then!
UPDATE: John Hood of Miami, FL - who apparently lost his whole library years ago - wins this week. And we're throwing in a copy of The Plot Against America as a bonus. Who says the RNG doesn't like a happy ending? (Honorable mention in the gaming-the-RNG department goes to the reader who advised us that "I am so Roth-crazed (or so warped from years of graduate school) that I quote Roth in my dissertation about Primitive Baptists in the pre-Civil War South. Surely that deserves some kind of recognition." It does, indeed ... Send us the quote and we'll dig up a special Roth prize.)