Fall Books to Read Before the Movies Come Out
The newest crop of blockbusters is headed our way—and there's just enough time left to catch up on the literary originals.
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304 pages; W. W. Norton & Company
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Girl meets girl; girl loses girl; girl nearly wrecks her life to win girl back. That's the basic plot of Carol, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as Carol and Therese, two women who fall hard for each other in 1950s New York but have to keep their love a secret. The acting in the November 20 film is bound to end up with award nominations. But remember: Same-sex romance was a provocative topic when Patricia Highsmith wrote the original novel using a pseudonym. The same deliciously noirish storytelling that made her Ripley books classics is just as compelling in this one: "She wished the tunnel might cave in and kill them both," a smitten Therese thinks, "that their bodies might be dragged out together."
— Mark Athitakis