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"Glamorous and nostalgic and very sexy.” —Paula Hawkins

Cape May

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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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

A mesmerizing debut novel by Chip Cheek, Cape May explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.

Late September 1957. Henry and Effie, very young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon only to find the town is deserted. Feeling shy of each other and isolated, they decide to cut the trip short. But before they leave, they meet a glamorous set of people who 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, to whom Henry is irresistibly drawn.

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.

Erotic and moving, this is a novel about marriage, love, and sexuality, and the lifelong repercussions that meeting a group of debauched cosmopolitans has on a new marriage.

Estimated Ship Date for Winners: April 5th, 2019


© Sharona Jacobs

Chip Cheek

Chip Cheek’s stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Washington Square, and other journals and anthologies. He has been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. Cape May is his debut novel. He lives in El Segundo, California, with his wife and baby daughter.

Book Details

Publisher Celadon Books
Genre General Fiction
Publication Date Apr 30 2019
ISBN 9781250297150


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Apr 05 2020 – 08:57 PM

loved it

this was such an easy read! I could not put it down and I loved the characters. I think its so...

joan waite
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Aug 11 2020 – 08:41 AM

Not for everyone

Cape May is the debut novel by Chip Cheek, and what a stunner! I won a copy from a Goodreads...

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Dec 30 2019 – 01:23 PM

Loved this book

After Cape May, I will read ANYTHING that Chip Cheek writes. I could not put it down. Not...

First Impressions

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