Cape May

Cape May

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"Inside this mesmerizing tale of sexual desire and discovery, naive newlyweds Henry and Effie are honeymooning in Cape May, N.J., in 1957, tentatively navigating intimacy. Then they meet Clara and Max, hard-partying lovers who dazzle the innocent pair until they've lost more than their virginity. Cheek's sensual first novel leaves you wanting more."
- PEOPLE

"Henry and Effie's honeymoon is meant to be their introduction to the pleasures of the body, but in the company of Clara and her promiscuous cohort they lose all track of boundaries. A dozy, luxurious sense of enchantment comes over the story, until the rude awakening at its finale.... Cape May does something better than critique or satirize: It seduces."
- The Wall Street Journal


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.

Publisher: New York :, Celadon Books,, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250297150
Branch Call Number: FIC CHEEK C

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May 08, 2019

I read a review on another site that refers to this book as a teen age boy’s soft core fantasy. Which is a spit on review. Didn’t finish.

JCLGreggW May 03, 2019

Two small-town newlyweds in 1957 honeymoon in a beach resort town during the offseason. They fall into the orbit of a bohemian group of socialites, and lose themselves in lazy, magical, erotic, gin-soaked afternoons. Exploration leads to passion and betrayal. Expertly crafted, with a strong sense of setting and deft handling of characters.

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