Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (writing as Claire Morgan)

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
Rating: Recommended

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