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Therese first glimpses Carol in the New York department store where she is working as a sales assistant. Carol is choosing a present for her daughter; she looks preoccupied, exuding an aura of elegance as perfect as a secret. Standing there at the counter, Therese suddenly feels wholly innocent - wholly unprepared for the first shock of love. Therese was nineteen, and loved by a young man she cared about, but could not desire. Carol was a sophisticated married woman. Now Therese seemed to have no other purpose to her life other than their meeting. First published under a pseudonym in 1952, "Carol" is a love story told with compelling wit and eroticism, and consummate tenderness.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747554005
  • 9780747554004

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'A document of persecuted love ... perfect' Independent 'About the pursuit of love, and true happiness ... It has characters who laugh, and who laugh without scorn or illusion ... very recognisably Highsmith, as full of tremor and of threat and of her peculiar genius for anxiety' Sunday Times 'Gently exploratory, genuinely moving' Mail on Sunday 'An original, honest novel, a remarkable imaginative achievement by any standard ... compelling' Financial Times
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About Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith is the author of classics such as Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr Ripley. Born in Texas, she spent much of her life in England, France and Switzerland. She died in 1995 in Locarno, Switzerland.
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