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A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. But their newly discovered bliss is shattered when Carol is forced to choose between her child and her lover.Highsmith's sensitive treatment of fully realized characters who defy stereotypes about homosexuality marks a departure from previous lesbian pulp fiction. Erotic, eloquent, and suspenseful, this story offers an honest look at the necessity of being true to one's nature.The basis for the upcoming film Carol, starring Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, and Kyle Chandler, to be released November 20, 2015
Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781504647519
Characteristics: 1 online resource (10 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Campbell, Cassandra

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Jun 18, 2018

This book is considered a classic withing the lesbian/wlw community for being the first Western lesbian novel that does not overly sexualize the lead characters and has a relatively happy ending. As an LGBT person, I felt obligated to read it, but I wasn't too keen on that, hence checking out an audio copy. In the audio format I enjoyed the book while also being able to draw and workout, which enhanced my enjoyment of this novel. While I found the status of Carol's life at the end of the book to feel unsatisfying, and Therese's to be ambiguous, I suppose that their relationship does end on a positive note. I find it rather sad that many of the characters' worries and trials mirror my own as an LGBT person, despite the book first being published in 1952. I would have found this book to be more meaningful to my development as an LGBT person if I were a younger reader (and I am only 20 at the time of reading, mind you) but I will most certainly recommend this book to any young questioning/LGBT person for encouragement and support through literature.

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