306 pp. "When She Was Good is the story -- at once satiric and serious -- of Lucy Nelson, a Midwestern girl who believes herself to be the moral superior of her family and friends, and of how she and those around her are destroyed when she sets out to prove that in matters of right and wrong she is the ultimate authority.""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, 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."Keywords: FICTION NOVEL WORLD LITERATURE PHILIP ROTH WHEN SHE WAS GOOD Pages toned. New York: Random House, 1967. Book Club Edition. Very Good/Very Good. (Inventory #: 2197782)
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