When She Was Good

When She Was Good

eBook - 1995
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When she was still a child, Lucy Nelson had her alcoholic failure of a father thrown in jail. Ever since then she has been trying to reform the men around her, even if that ultimately means destroying herself in the process.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International/Vintage Books, 1995.
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.
ISBN: 9780307788603
0307788601
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive

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lukasevansherman
Dec 17, 2015

Roth's second novel and third book overall. This came out before "Portnoy's Complaint" brought him fame and controversy. "When She Was Good" is recommended only for the serious Roth fan and much of its interest comes from how Roth was still trying to find his style and subject. It's also of interest because he is so often casually accused of misogyny and this has a female protagonist, albeit a rather overwrought and unlikable one. Again, this is probably best for someone who has already read quite a bit of Roth. Bummer of an ending too.

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