I'm not sure why it seems I'm reading about old white men lusting after young women often. It just worked out that way. The narrator here is Nathan Zuckerman, a writer in his seventies--and apparently a reoccuring character in Roth's novels. Zuckerman returns to the city after years of living isolated from world events in order to undergo a procedure promising to return his bladder control. One coincidence after another leads him further into the problems that had led him to flee in the first place. The novel addresses aging in a way that seems natural and depressing in the most realistic of ways.