Book Discussion Group

The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth

Plot Against America book cover
Wednesday March 5, 2020

 “A terrific political novel . . . Sinister, vivid, dreamlike . . . creepily plausible. . . You turn the pages, astonished and frightened.” — The New York Times Book Review

In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh. Shortly thereafter, Lindbergh negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism.

For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh’s election is the first in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America–and with it, his mother, his father, and his older brother.

 

 

The South Berwick Public Library book group meets the first Wednesday of every month and alternates between fiction and nonfiction selections.   Copies of this month’s selection are usually available at the library for anyone who wants to join us.  If we run out of copies you can order one through the MILS catalog to be delivered to South Berwick or ask us to do this for you.