The Price of Salt

The Price of Salt

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by Patricia Highsmith, Claire Morgan, Claire Morgan
     
 

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Now recognized as a masterwork, the scandalous novel that anticipated Nabokov's Lolita."I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew The Price of Salt and modeled the climactic cross-country car chase in Lolita on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom," writes Terry Castle in The New Republic about this novel, arguably Patricia…  See more details below

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Now recognized as a masterwork, the scandalous novel that anticipated Nabokov's Lolita."I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew The Price of Salt and modeled the climactic cross-country car chase in Lolita on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom," writes Terry Castle in The New Republic about this novel, arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Clare Morgan. Soon to be a new film, The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose salvation arrives one day in the form of Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover. With this reissue, The Price of Salt may finally be recognized as a major twentieth-century American novel.

Author Biography: Patricia Highsmith is the author of such classics as Strangers on a Train and Nothing That Meets the Eye. She died in 1995 in Locarno, Switzerland.

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Editorial Reviews

The Independent
“A document of persecuted love—perfect.”
The Sunday Times
“About the pursuit of love, and true happiness…It has characters who laugh, and who laugh without scorn or illusion…very recognizably Highsmith, full of tremor and of threat and of her peculiar genius for anxiety.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781562800031
Publisher:
Bella Books
Publication date:
01/01/1991
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.45(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt,The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

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 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read the 'Price of Salt' 25 years ago at the tender age of 19, the same age as the character Therese in the book. It made such an impact on me. I bought it at the now defunct 'Womanbooks' bookstore on the Upper West Side. Reading the story was like a rite of passage because the book's ending was not your typical period lesbian love story with it's morbid, tragic ending though in some ways it was a sad ending. Mostly it was a more realistic bittersweet finale. It swept me through a range of deeply felt emotions. It is a timeless love story and one that anyone would enjoy! Patricia Highsmith was a storyteller of the highest caliber!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well-written...by the end you really have a sense of who the characters were and what motivated them. It is more than a lesbian love story; it's a true novel. This book is read by myself at least once a year...too bad, though, there was never a sequel!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Well written & engaging love story between 2 women. With a happy ending to boot- unusual for the time it was written. Thank you Ms. Highsmith!
Anonymous 12 months ago
A love story not to be missed.
Anonymous 28 days ago
Difficult to love. Moves slowly and the characters are hard to relate to. Kept hoping this story would get better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great piece of lesbian literature, amazing now, even 61 years later. 
Anonymous 22 days ago
My absolute favorite novel in this genre. Well written and a beautiful story that far exceeds a "lesbian love story". it's a story of sacrifice, defeat, victory and most of all self growth and maturity.
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I read this book after seeing a small bit of the filming for Carol, a movie based on this book. The book was interesting, gave me a different prespective on love. Whike not a scary book by any means,parts of it were just creepy.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Why in the world would someone want their kid when they could have a lovely life with their lover?