With the lover everyday life recedes, Roth writes and exhibiting all his skill as a brilliant observer of human passion, he presents in Deception the tightly enclosed world of adulterous intimacy with a directness that has no equal in American fiction. At the center of Deception are two adulterers in their hiding place. He is a middle-aged American writer named Philip, living in London, and she is an articulate, intelligent, well-educated Englishwoman compromised by a humiliating marriage to which, in her thirties, she is already nervously half-resigned. The action consists of conversation mainly the lovers talking to each other before and after making love. That dialogue sharp, rich, playful, inquiring, moving, as Hermione Lee writes, on a scale of pain from furious bafflement to stoic gaiety is nearly all there is to this audiobook, and all there needs to be. A fiendishly clever piece of work . . . an amazing feat. . . . He's invented the purest speech, the most convincing cadences, of any American novelist. William Pritchard, Hudson Review.
About the Author
In 1997, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for AMERICAN PASTORAL. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, and Saul Bellow, among others. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA received the Society of American Historians prize for the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004. Recently Roth received PEN s two most prestigious prizes: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. Roth is the only living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America.
David Colacci has been an actor and a director for over thirty years, and has worked as a narrator for over fifteen years. He has won "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, earned Audie nominations, and been included in Best of Year lists by such publications as "Publishers Weekly", "AudioFile" magazine, and "Library Journal".
Susan Ericksen lives on the East Coast, where she performs on stage and on television. An Audie Award and "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, she has recorded many audiobooks.