Seymour Irving Levov is born and raised in the Weequahic section of Newark, New Jersey, in 1927 as the elder son of a successful Jewish American glove manufacturer, Lou Levov, and his wife Sylvia. Called the Swede because of his anomalous blond hair, blue eyes and Nordic good looks, Seymour is a star athlete in high school a two-year veteran of the Marine Corps and the narrator Nathan Zuckerman's idol and hero. Zuckerman and Seymour's younger brother, Jerryâ€”who grows into a curmudgeonly, irascible heart surgeon with little empathy for the Swedeâ€”are schoolmates and close friends. The Swede eventually takes over his father's glove factory and marries Dawn Dwyer, a former beauty queen from nearby Elizabeth, whom he met in college.Seymour establishes what he believes to be a perfect American life with a beloved wife and daughter, a satisfying business career, and a magnificent house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. Yet, as the Vietnam War and racial unrest rack the country and destroy inner-city Newark, his precocious teenage daughter Meredith (Merry), beset by an emotionally debilitating stutter and outraged by the war, becomes grotesquely overweight and increasingly radical in her beliefs. In February 1968, Merry plants a bomb in the Old Rimrock post office, which kills a bystander she goes into permanent hiding. Seymour finds Merry five years later, living in deplorable conditions in inner-city Newark. During this reunion, Merry reveals that she was responsible for several more bombings, killing three more people. Though Merry informs him that her actions were deliberate, Seymour decides to keep their meeting a secret, believing Merry has been manipulated by an unknown political group and a mysterious woman named Rita Cohen. Pulitzer Prize in 1998.