He will talk about Patrimony: A True Story, Philip Roth‘s very personal 1991 book about his father during the last three years of his life, from when he was first found to have a (benign but inoperable) brain tumor. Though poignant, there are moments where Mr. Roth’s manic, ribald and uproarious voice captures the sad, funny, awful events of his father’s final years.
“A highly moving and beautifully rendered portrait of a father and a son,” said the NYT review. Whether you have aging parents or are thinking about your own mortality, this book is worth reading or re-reading. Though you don’t have to read it to enjoy Mark’s talk, do take it out of the library or buy the paperback (Amazon has used copies for $3-8) and start reading! It’s short — less than 250 pages— and very readable.