Patricia Highsmith

The Price of Salt

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A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. But their newly discovered bliss is shattered when Carol is forced to choose between her child and her lover.
Author Patricia Highsmith is best known for her psychological thrillers Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Originally published in 1952 under a pseudonym, The Price of Salt was heralded as “the novel of a love society forbids.” Highsmith's sensitive treatment of fully realized characters who defy stereotypes about homosexuality marks a departure from previous lesbian pulp fiction. Erotic, eloquent, and suspenseful, this story offers an honest look at the necessity of being true to one's nature. The book is also the basis of the acclaimed 2015 film Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
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    mattieluckyshared an impression6 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💞Loved Up

    This was one of the most sweet enduring love stories i have ever read. The movie was beautiful. Thank you

    Димана Колеваshared an impression9 months ago
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    justanothernadiahas quoted6 years ago
    Therese looked at the pair of hands across from her, a woman's plump, aging hands, stirring her coffee, breaking a roll now with a trembling eagerness, daubing half the roll greedily into the brown gravy of the plate that was identical with Therese's.
    Myrthe van de Kamp (MyRTH)has quoted4 years ago
    How was it possible to be afraid and in love,
    Alice Karanjahas quoted2 years ago
    Love was supposed to be a kind of blissful insanity.

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