UChicago Pittsburgh Alumni Book Group

Nemesis by Philip Roth

Cost: Complimentary  
No Registration Required

The Pittsburgh Book Club will meet at The Essex House, 5701 Centre Avenue (main entrance is on Baum Blvd) at 7PM on Tuesday, August 8, to discuss Nemesis by Philip Roth. We hope to see you all there! Below is a brief description of the book:

Philip Roth’s Nemesis explores the effect of a 1944 polio epidemic on a closely knit, family-oriented Newark Jewish community of Weequahic neighborhood. The children are threatened with maiming, paralysis, lifelong disability, and death.

At the center of Nemesis is a vigorous, dutiful, 23-year-old teacher and playground director Bucky Cantor, a javelin thrower and weightlifter, who is devoted to his charges. Bucky feels guilty because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his close friends and contemporaries.

With the inevitability of a Greek drama, polio eventually reaches the summer camp. One camper dies, several become ill, and Cantor himself is stricken. Cantor blames himself for having brought polio to the camp.

In 2012, Philip Roth told an interviewer that Nemesis would be his last novel.

The Essex House
5701 Centre Avenue (The main entrance is on Baum Blvd.)
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Parking is available along the front of the building. All other spaces are numbered and are leased--do not park there. There is also parking on Baum, Centre and Negley Avenues. Observe parking signs.  When entering the Essex House go in the main door from Baum and turn left. The social room is L10. There is a doorman if anyone needs help. We can bring in food and beverages.

Event Contact
Steve Shandor, AB'84, MBA'88

Staff Liaison

If you have any questions regarding logistics of the event; i.e. where to meet, special request, parking, etc. please contact the Event Contact listed above.