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The Price of Salt
     

The Price of Salt

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by Patricia Highsmith
 

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Therese is nineteen and working in a department store during the Christmas shopping season. She dates men, although not with real enthusiasm. One day a beautiful older woman comes over to her counter and buys a doll. As the purchase is a C.O.D. order, Therese makes a mental note of the customer's address. She is intrigued and drawn to the woman. Although young,

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Therese is nineteen and working in a department store during the Christmas shopping season. She dates men, although not with real enthusiasm. One day a beautiful older woman comes over to her counter and buys a doll. As the purchase is a C.O.D. order, Therese makes a mental note of the customer's address. She is intrigued and drawn to the woman. Although young, inexperienced and shy, she writes a note to the customer, Carol, and is elated and surprised when Carol invites her to meet.
Therese realizes she has strong feelings for Carol, but is unsure of what they represent. Carol, in the process of a bitter separation and divorce, is also quite lonely. Soon the two women begin spending a great deal of time together. Before long, they are madly and hopelessly in love. The path is not easy for them, however. Carol also has a child and a very suspicious husband¾dangerous ground for the lovers. When the women leave New York and travel west together, they discover the choices they've made to be together will have lasting effects on both their lives.
Considered to be the first lesbian pulp novel to break the pulp publishing industry-enforced pattern of tragic consequences for its lesbian heroines, The Price of Salt was written by Patricia Highsmith (under the pseudonym, Claire Morgan) – the author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
As one reviewer wrote in 1952, Patricia Highsmith "is completely natural. She has a story to tell and she tells it with an almost conversational ease. Her people are neither degenerate monsters nor fragile victims of the social order. They must--and do--pay a price for thinking, feeling and loving 'differently,' but they are courageous and true to themselves throughout."
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Product Details

BN ID:
2940012358530
Publisher:
She Winked Press
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
69,789
File size:
256 KB

Meet the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was an American author known for her novels of psychological suspense. She wrote over two dozen books and short story collections, including her five Tom Ripley novels. Her first book Strangers on a Train was nominated for an Edgar Award and was later adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Many of her works have been adapted for the screen, including The Talented Mr. Ripley and most recently The Price of Salt which was renamed Carol.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 19, 1921
Date of Death:
February 4, 1995
Place of Birth:
Fort Worth, Texas
Place of Death:
Locarno, Switzerland
Education:
B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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Price of Salt 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought a hard copy of this book years ago and finally read it last summer. This is a "must read" for anyone under the age of 35; times were so different. You just have no idea unless you experienced it first hand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read very much a comming of age. It is also a look back to the 50's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wod have loved to know more about Highsmith. Just enough strange aspects to give jer stories suspense and an unsettling feeling as well as a touch of genines. It's not so surprising that so many of her stories have been made into movies ...with gay and lesbian themes going back to Strangers on a train with known actors and a gay sub theme.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this before I planned to see the movie "Carol." It will be interesting how this will be acted. I do imagine it will be superior! The book is interesting especially when the reader takes the time to read the brief historical context at the end. Don't be like many moviegoers who get up still chomping on popcorn and leave during the credits! You will lose out on learning the significance of this kind of book when it was written and published. Our society has made leaps of progress!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made it better picturing Cate Blanchett as Carol. She is perfect for the role. I can't wait to see the movie.
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