On Sale: April 30, 2019
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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 Claraâ€™s lover; and Alma, Maxâ€™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
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.
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