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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Roth Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Discovered posthumously, this final novel by the author of the greatest American immigrant novel, Call It Sleep, reintroduces us to its protagonist, Roth’s alter ego, Ira, who abandons his controlling lover, Edith, in favor of a blond, aristocratic pianist at Yaddo. The ensuing conflict between his Jewish ghetto roots and his high-flown, writerly aspirations forces Ira to abandon his family temporarily for the sun-soaked promise of the American West.

Fast-paced but wrenching, set against a backdrop of crumbling piers, bedbug-infested SROs, and skyscrapers in glimmering Manhattan and seedy LA, An American Type is perhaps the last firsthand testament of the Depression, as well as a universal statement about the constant reinvention of American identity and the transcendence of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Roth’s innovative use of language…is both beautiful and highly realistic…Although there is no style called Rothian, there should be.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A sweeping portrait of 1930s America and the story of a writer struggling with art, love, and finding his own voice.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eoin | 5/14/2013

    " Though not of the caliber of his masterpieces, Roth still manages to sting and resonate post mortem. The painful part is that even his unfinished, unintended work is worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ryan Chapman | 9/18/2012

    " This book felt too cobbled together, showing too many seams for me to really enjoy it. Probably interesting for fans of the author, but otherwise I say pass. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leslie | 12/30/2011

    " Tough to give a review about a book that was edited and published posthumously. Who knows what Roth would have done with it. In any case, not even in the same league as Call it Sleep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori | 5/4/2011

    " This is not a young adult novel. This is classic modern literature. While reading it, I hated it, but have grown to appreciate Roth's detail to a child's mind and perspective. "

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About the Author
Author Henry Roth

Henry Roth (1906–1995), European-born American novelist and short-story writer, was the author of Call It Sleep, Mercy of a Rude Stream, and An American Type.