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The Price of Salt

I just finished reading Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 masterpiece, The Price of Salt. How is it I failed to read this before now? Highsmith initially published this same-sex love story as Claire Morgan, then republished it many years later under her own name, but with the title, Carol. The book was made into a movie in 2015, called Carol and starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett. I haven’t seen the movie, but will do so based on the strength of the book.

Highsmith is perhaps best known for her first novel, Stranger’s on the Train, adapted for film by Hitchcock, and the 5 Ripley novels, some of which have also been adapted for film (most notably the fantastic Wim Wenders flick, The American Friend). Bit by bit (in between other reads), I’m making my way through as many of Highsmith’s novels as I can.

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