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"High, careful tragedy, nasty as life, and Roth emerges...as a Dreiser who can write!" —Stanley Elkin
"Roth is a living master." —Harold Bloom, The New York Review of Books
In this funny and chilling novel, the setting is a small town in the 1940s Midwest, and the subject is the heart of a wounded and ferociously moralistic young woman, one of those implacable American moralists whose "goodness" is a terrible disease.
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.
It takes real genius to chronicle the banal and make it incandescent, but that’s what Phillip Roth pulls off in his third novel, When She Was Good (1967). Read morePublished 16 days ago by M. Buzalka
Lucy Nelson had a difficult childhood. Along with her timid, submissive mother and her alcoholic, n’er do well father, Lucy lived with her mom’s parents. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Barbara Saffer
Complicated. I guess it's his story. I wouldn't want to live through this.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of Roth's best books. I had read it many years ago and enjoyed it more the second time around!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of Philip Roth's best.
Amazing writing,highly recommend that it's part of anyone's reading list,will tell all my friends to read it.
So boring! Poorly written and overly verbose. This book drones on and on. Neither the story or the characters in it have any redeeming qualities.Published 17 months ago by JaneDoe
I had wanted to read a book by Philip Roth for a while, and I must say I was disappointed!
The characters were real and interesting, but the plot was sloooooooooow, to... Read more