“A great American writer … Highsmith’s writing is bad … it spells you.” -Weekly entertainment
Now it’s a big movie.
Patricia Highsmith’s romantic obsession may be one of the most important but still largely unrecognized novels of the twentieth century. The book, first published in 1952 and introduced as “a novel of love banned by society”, soon became a cult classic.
Based on a true story compiled from Highsmith’s own life, Carol tells the gripping drama of stage designer Therese Belivet, whose routine is forever shattered with magnificent cheering, stranded on a day job in department stores: the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer. Coming to buy a Christmas toy for his daughter. Therese begins to gravitate towards the attractive suburban housewife, trapped in a marriage as disgusting as Therese’s work. They fall in love with each other and set out to the United States, trapped by the boundaries of society and the recent disapproval of others, but pushed by their infatuation. Carol is a brilliantly written story that will surprise Highsmith fans and delight those who discover her work.
This authoritative edition contains the last word from Patricia Highsmith. Previously titled The Price of Salt.