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The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
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Jan 04, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, lgbtq, lady-lit
Read in January, 2010

I am fascinated by ugly women. Not physically ugly, but cold, heartless, practical, mean, nasty women, women who don't fit the mold of the demure, polite, submitting woman that we are "supposed" to be. Given Otto Penzler's description of Patricia Highsmith as an "unloveable, unloving person," I knew I had to read something of hers. The Price of Salt interested me, with its scandalous subject matter for its time and its parallels to Lolita, so I figured I'd give it a try.

I liked it a lot on the strength of Therese as a character. An insecure girl who's just finding herself, stuck in a menial department store job and unsure of her sexuality, she meets and falls in obsessive love with a female customer. Therese's unintentionally cruel detachment from things and people she's not enamored with, especially Richard, was very familiar -- even if her codependence with Carol was off-putting and kind of creepy. But I got the sense that she grew a lot by the end of the book, and that's really all you can ask for in a coming of age story.

Great feeling of NYC, too.
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Zach The 1st two lines of your review really makes me think of someone...

rachel And if I hadn't had to deal with that someone in person, I'd probably be fascinated by her too. :)

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