by Theodore Dreiser
When 18-year-old Carrie Meeber leaves tiny Columbia City for Chicago, she has no idea what is in store for her. She has no great wealth, no great talent, and no experience in the world. All she has is a room with her sister’s family, and she soon learns that this is not enough. She learns that men can provide for her in a way that she cannot provide for herself, and the adventure begins. . .
From the mean streets of Chicago to the bright lights of Broadway, Carrie discovers the joy and heartbreak of life in the big city. Of course, she leaves a few men in her wake, but this is just the price of doing business in the city.
I found this novel to be very readable and quite compelling. I liked it very much.