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I just read this book on a friend's recommendation. It's an incredibly powerful, nuanced, beautiful love story. As someone who came late to her sexuality, I appreciated Carol's double life--as a wife and mother on one hand, and as a woman in love on the other. Highsmith has created two memorable, affecting characters who stay with you long after you finish the book. Her portrait of the consequences of coming out in the 50s is chilling--all the more so when you realize how little has changed in many areas of this country.