Philip Roth's novel, Everyman, begins at the funeral of its protagonist. The remainder of the book looks back on episodes from his life. The book traces the protagonist's feelings as he gets increasingly older and ill and ponders his impending death. He mornfully reflects on his past, which has included his share of misdeeds and mistakes.
For Everyman, which was published in 2006, Philip Roth won his third PEN/Faulkner Award, making him the only person so honored. Roth gained fame with the 1959 novella Goodbye, Columbus, that earned him a National Book Award. In 1969 he became a major celebrity with the publication of the controversial Portnoy's Complaint. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel, American Pastoral.