This novel explores the story of Neil Klugman and Brenda Patimkin, two young Jewish people from different social classes, who embark on a summer romance in 1950s New Jersey. The novel delves into their relationship dynamics, contrasting their backgrounds and dealing with themes of social class, materialism, and the American Dream. The book also includes five short stories, each exploring different aspects of post-war American Jewish life.
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This book is on the following lists:
52nd on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)
The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)