The Price of Salt

Curator Reviews

Alison Bechdel

This has been on my list forever, but it’s been getting a lot of attention lately because of Todd Haynes’ excellent movie adaptation, “Carol.” It was the first novel about lesbians to have a happy ending, but it’s also a really unnerving and propulsive story, like all of Patricia Highsmith’s books. She originally published it under a pseudonym so it didn’t wreck her career.

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Brandon Taylor

This novel is about a young person trying to figure out who they are and who they love, and it’s rendered with the same sensitive perception that Highsmith brings to every book. The writing alone is electric and beautiful, but the characters are utterly unforgettable.

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