When fate deals a blow so devastating that life becomes unhinged, survival dictates the need to clutch for a solid foundation, an anchor of stability. In AMERICAN PASTORAL that anchor is the remembrance of the collective moments of a time when the world seemed simpler and the tragedies of life had yet to dent the armor of youth's enthusiasm.
Swede Levov was a legendary athlete in the Weequahic district of Newark, New Jersey, and a personal hero of Nathan Zuckerman. Zuckerman encounters Swede's brother at a high school reunion and learns that Swede has died of cancer. From a few facts, Zuckerman begins to imagine