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.
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 HawkinsThe 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
. - StylistGorgeous
, 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)