#2: Patrimony, by Philip Roth
Date Finished: 01/07/2007
Rating: 8.5/10 (very good, couldn't put it down)
Reason: Writing an encyclopedia entry over it
Thoughts: Roth's memoir recounts the time leading up to his father'sdeath from complications with an advanced brain tumor. As the title suggests, the memoir deals largely in issues of inheritance—in this case not of monetary inheritance but the inheritance of characteristics that Roth finds in his father to be simultaneously annoying and admirable. While it's a very sad read, as the reader knows the inevitable conclusion, it's also an emotionally raw side ofRoth that we hardly ever see in his fiction.