This novel, originally published in 1952, was ahead of its time. The main character Therese Belivet is a 19-year-old set designer struggling to make her way in New York City. While working a temporary job at a department store to make ends meet she encounters Carol, an older and wealthier woman. Their acquaintance turns into a romantic relationship. I recommend the novel for its groundbreaking treatment of a lesbian relationship, but I could never warm up to any of the characters and did not find it as satisfying a read as I'd hoped.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3558.I366 P7 1991
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Stacy Russo, Chair of Public Services, Leatherby Libraries