When She Was Good
In this mesmerizing, funny, chilling novel. the setting is a small town in the 1940s Midwest, the subject the heart of a wounded and ferociously moralistic young woman.
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. With his unerring portraits of Lucy and her hapless, childlike husband, Roy, Roth has created an uncompromising work of fictional realism, a vision of provincial American piety, yearning and discontent that is at once pitiless and compassionate.
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Review: When She Was GoodUser Review - Sam - Goodreads
I read this book as part of a project to finish all of Roth's books while also reading "Roth Unbound" about those books (and his life while writing them) by Claudia Roth Pierpont. It is not one of his ... Read full review
Review: When She Was GoodUser Review - Roger K. Miller - Goodreads
I half-liked, or liked half of, Philip Roth's “When She Was Good.” For most of its length the story is compellingly told by an omniscient narrator with a ruefully sarcastic point of view. Roth neatly ... Read full review