When She Was Good

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When She Was Good
First edition
Author Philip Roth
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Random House
Publication date
May 12, 1967
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 306
OCLC 31045007
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3568.O855 W46 1995
Preceded by Letting Go
Followed by Portnoy's Complaint

When She Was Good (1967) is Philip Roth's only novel with a female protagonist. It is set in a small town in the American Midwest during the 1940s, and portrays a moralistic young woman, Lucy Nelson. When still a child, Lucy had her alcoholic 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.