THE HAIR OF HAROLD ROUX by Thomas Williams

A 1975 National Book Award winner, then somewhat lost, at least in my circles and never talked about. But the book is amazingly crafted and masterfully written. It’s a novel-within-a-novel. The narrator is a middle-aged professor who rides a motorcycle, holds together the delicate balance of his marriage and family and friendships all while writing a novel, the story of a young GI returned from WWII finding his way through college life with a hairpiece and fracturing friendship, and all of it is completely absorbing and depressingly true.