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It's 1944. World War II is raging in Europe and the Pacific, but in the stifling summer heat of Newark, New Jersey, the polio epidemic is Topic A in every conversation. One person who can't ignore the subject is Bucky Cantor, a muscular 23-year-old who sees the fear of infantile paralysis rippling through the playground he directs. Philip Roth's Nemesis describes how a modern day plague and the hysteria it engenders changes a community and tests the character of everyone in its path.