Toward the end of a long and singular career in which he earned the Pulitzer, the National Medal of Arts, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the Gold Medal in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Philip Roth returns here for an elegiac but vital farewell to his literary alter ego. Nathan Zuckerman returns to New York for a bladder operation after a long respite on a New England mountain, and like Rip Van Winkle he finds much has changed. He runs head-on into three relationships: the once-irresistible Amy Bellette, former companion and muse to Zuckerman's mentor E.I Lonoff and now an old, ailing woman; a crass biographer who wants the scoop on newly uncovered sex secrets about Lonoff; and an alluring young woman, swapping residences with Zuckerman, who reminds him of everything he thought he had renounced about the opposite sex.
"Exit Ghost is just too fascinating to leave alone.... This book is latter-day Roth at his intricately thoughtful best"—NYTBR