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When She Was Good

When She Was Good

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by Philip Roth

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In this funny and chilling novel, the setting is a small town in the 1940s Midwest, and the subject is the heart of a wounded and ferociously moralistic young woman, one of those implacable American moralists whose "goodness" is a terrible disease.

When she was still a child, Lucy Nelson had her alcoholic failure of a father thrown in jail. Ever since

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When She Was Good 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roth at his most mundane and soap-operatic, but entirely spell-binding. I was caught up in the twisting and melodramtic tale of one girl's boundless ability to shun those she needed most, but I also grudgingly admired her near obsessional grip on her morality and strength to change her lot. Roth has been more powerful, more comic, but rarely so moral and sentimental. But, as you will see, morality and sentiment have their price, if one is willing to pay.
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