American Pastoral, Philip Roth 
Literary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Updated: February 6, 2023
No rape or sexual assault
Rape or sexual assault mentioned in passing (in discussion and/or implied)
Sexual harassment (e.g. verbal or non-consensual touching/grabbing)
Sexual relationship between adult and teenager
Child sexual abuse
Attempted rape
Rape strongly implied/details surrounding a rape discussed in detail (i.e. the events before/after)
Detailed/vivid description of rape


The main character learns that his daughter was raped. The rape is not described in detail, but the main character’s feelings toward the event are explored in detail. There is a description of his own imagining of the rape.

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