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Center Reads The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
December 3, 8:00 pm-10:00 pmFree
Join us at The Center to what is 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 under the pseudonym of Claire Morgan by Patricia Highsmith – the author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
In Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt, Therese is working in a department store during the Christmas shopping season. 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 husband. 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.
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The Center’s book discussion group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 8:00pm (with a few noted exceptions). We meet in various rooms, so ask at the information desk for the room number. Everyone is always welcome to join.