The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "American Pastoral" tells of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big-time 1940s radio star, who is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s.
. . .[A] wildly uneven novel that feels both unfinished and overstuffed. . .veers unsteadily between sincerity and slapstickheartfelt melancholy and cavalier manipulation. . . .[the book] may masquerade as a parable about. . .the wages of McCarthyismbut it's actually a smallerless ambitious work. . . The New York Times