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2004-11-15

Patricia Highsmith (b. Mary Patricia Plangman)
B. 1.19.1921 Fort Worth / D. 2.4.1995 Locarno, Switzerland
Liver Failure

I have just this afternoon, forgoing work, re-read for probably the ninth time and I believe the third since I have worked from home, Claire Morganís The Price of Salt. May I express my appreciation for Patricia Highsmith, who wrote this evidently my favorite American novel in 1952? Because can there be any more romantic a tale adorning the firmament of If Only, than the happy ending-in-the-Elysťe piano bar-May-October love of Therese Belivet and Carol Aird? And talk about a love exquisitely rendered in all its details. From the cold weather and light to the textures and fingernails: itís like youíre being etched; every scene is indelible. All I have to do is re-read the pages of their first meeting across a toy counter the week before Christmas at Manhattanís busiest fictional department store, instantly Iím in a holiday mood
and then some.

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