Playing House

Playing House Cover

Playing House

By Fredrica Wagman; Philip Roth (Foreword by)

Zoland Books, Paperback, 9781581952254, 164pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2008

Description

When Playing House appeared in 1973, Publishers Weekly hailed it, “A probing descent into madness that will fascinate the same audience that appreciated I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” This nationally bestselling story of one woman’s struggle with the lasting effects of a childhood sexual relationship with her brother shocked American readers; it remains a literary work of enduring quality and value. In his foreword Philip Roth writes, “The traumatized child; the institutionalized wife; the haunting desire; the ghastly business of getting through the day – what is striking about Wagman’s treatment of these contemporary motifs is the voice of longing in which the heroine shamelessly confesses to the incestuous need that is at once her undoing and her only hope.”



About the Author
Fredrica Wagman is the author of several novels, including "Peachy", "Mrs. Hornstien", "The Lie" and "His Secret Little Wife". She lives with her family in Philadelphia and New York.

Philip Roth was born in New Jersey in 1933. He studied literature at Bucknell University and the University of Chicago. His first book, "Goodbye, Columbus", won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1960. He has lived in Rome, London, Chicago, New York City, Princeton, and New England. Since 1955, he has been on the faculties of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now Adjunct Professor of English. He is also General Editor of the Penguin Books series "Writers from the Other Europe." Recently he has been spending half of each year in Europe, traveling and writing.


Praise For Playing House

"Jarring, shocking, brilliantly written, and surprisingly funny." — The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

"A haunting tale." — The Los Angeles Times Book Review

 

"A dense, rich novel." — The Pittsburgh Press

 

"The story is passionate and moving, the style flowing and lyrical." — Minneapolis Tribune

 

"A kind of unsparing honesty that makes you shiver but also stop to admire." — The Washington Post