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Cape May - Chip Cheek

Paperback Published: 23rd April 2019
ISBN: 9781474609548
Number Of Pages: 320

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September 1957
Henry and Effie, young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon. It's the end of the season and the town is deserted. As they tentatively discover each other, they begin to realize that everyday married life might be disappointingly different from their happily-ever-after fantasy.

Just as they get ready to cut the trip short, a decadent and glamorous set suddenly sweep them up into their drama - Clara, a beautiful socialite who feels her youth slipping away; Max, a wealthy playboy and Clara's lover; and Alma, Max's aloof and mysterious half-sister.

The empty beach town becomes their playground, and as they sneak into abandoned summer homes, go sailing, walk naked under the stars, make love, and drink a great deal of gin, Henry and Effie slip from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences that reverberate through the rest of their lives...

About the Author

Chip Cheek's stories have appeared in the Southern Review, Harvard Review and Washington Square, among others. He's been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center. Cape May is his debut novel.

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What a treat. Glamorous and nostalgic and very sexy, Cape May is a novel about marriage, lust, shabby seaside towns and lots of gin. Brilliantly unsettling - one of those books that stays with you. - Paula Hawkins

The new Gatsby... With shades of F Scott Fitzgerald, Revolutionary Road and even Mad Men, this is one of those books that transport you to a different era and leaves you mesmerised by bad behaviour and human failings. It is so, so good. - Stylist

Gorgeous, seductive storytelling, martini-dry prose reminiscent of James Salter's finest. I loved it

Cheek's glamorous and nostalgic first novel is an atmospheric tale of sexual longing and loss in 1950s America that nods to classics like The Great Gatsby and Revolutionary Road - Independent (30 Best New Books for 2019)

ISBN: 9781474609548
ISBN-10: 1474609546
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 23rd April 2019
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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