Roth won the National Book Award for this collection, which focuses on Jewish American life. Goodbye, Columbus is a satiric novella about young lovers in suburban New Jersey. The other five stories reflect Roth's ambivalence about religion and ethnicity in an era of social conformity.
Tobia Wolff, whose minimalist style recalls that of Raymond Carver, may be America's best living short story writer. This collection was his critical breakthrough with pieces on academics, family squabbles and male longers