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 - Derek Ganzhorn - Goodreads
As I'm sure is true of many of you one here who have read When She Was Good or are contemplating reading it, I have been reading a lot of Roth lately and wanted to get a taste of his pre-Portnoy ... Read full review
Review: When She Was GoodUser Review - Margie - Goodreads
A well-written and insightful but difficult emotionally. Definitely a product of its time in terms of painting the woman protagonist as the bad guy by sidestepping her own clear vulnerabilities Read full review