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The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
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Nov 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011
Read from November 24 to 25, 2011

Patricia Highsmith of the "Ripley" series fame wrote "The Price of Salt" in the 50s under the pseudonym, Clare Morgan; and it was only toward the end of her career that she would acknowledge it.

The book tells the story of a young woman working in a department store with hopes of becoming a set designer. She meets an "older" woman (in her early 30s), Carol, and falls in love with her. The story then chronicles their relationship.

I gave this book 4 stars not because I thought it was a great read or had interesting characters, but because of the historical context that it was written in. I think it was groundbreaking to have written and gotten such a novel published during the 50s. I did skim through much of the book because the dialogue was very old fashioned and reflected its time -- though the way Highsmith was unapologetic for the love between the women was anything but that. It was ahead of its time.

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