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Cape May (La cosmopolite) (French Edition) Kindle Edition
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Chip Cheek’s Cape May is a debut novel about a young, virginal Southern couple on their off-season honeymoon in 1957 to the titular seaside community in New Jersey, where they come under the spell of a sophisticated older couple. The book has superb prose, acute psychological insights, and a riveting narrative; though it’s impossible to put down once you’ve started, to call it a “summer read” is dismissive of Cheek’s carefully wrought artfulness.
–Teddy Wayne, Lit Hub
“Deceptively relaxed and simple at first, the novel seems to be an easygoing trip down Memory Lane. It soon reveals itself as a swirling vortex of psychological suspense with insights about marriage that recall writers like Margot Livesey and Alice Munro. The 1950s setting, the pellucid prose, and the propulsive plot make this very steamy debut novel about morality and desire feel like a classic.”
―Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
“This remarkable debut novel offers a sobering reminder of how the possibilities of life, when first encountered, often carry their own riptide.”
―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“This erotic debut novel will draw in readers and stay with them. The author’s perceptive exploration of innocence and experience, corruption and betrayal, makes for compelling reading.”
“Cheek’s strong debut is a psychodrama that shows just how easily people can be manipulated. Cheek does a good job with his cast; Henry and Effie are finely drawn and their slide from innocence starkly depicted. The novel’s ending is particularly startling―a memorable final note in this cogent examination of marital infidelity and betrayal.”
― Publishers Weekly
“If you can’t get enough of women’s fiction novels with a twist, Cape May will be your perfect book club read.”
“In Cape May, Cheek shows that every couple encounters such a moment of their own--whether physical, emotional or some combination of both--and it holds the power to change a relationship forever.”
"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
"Earthy and sensual, raw and real, Cape May is an exquisitely crafted exploration of young love, the power of desire, and the lifelong ramifications of choices made in an instant. Cheek’s virtuosic prose reads like a modern classic, piercing through the veneer of male sexual fantasies of the 1950s and rendering a heartbreaking portrait of a man―and a marriage―undone by betrayal.”
―Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light
"Cape May is a perfectly mixed cocktail of beauty, desire, and heady desperation. In his gorgeous debut novel, Chip Cheek offers his readers a portrait of mid-century America and the timeless allure of love on the rocks."
―Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Corpus Christi and internationally bestselling Remember Me Like This
"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."
"Cheek’s smoldering debut novel focuses on naïve newlyweds from rural Georgia on their honeymoon in the chilly off-season of historic Cape May, New Jersey in the 1950s, at a moment of fading postwar innocence. When a trio of hedonistic socialites appear on the scene, the gin-infused dynamic of this ensemble drama subverts the couple’s romance and fidelity. In propulsive prose, Cheek provides an eerie, suspenseful thrill, and the callow narrator reflects the world on the brink of change."
―The National Book Review
About the Author
- File Size : 5638 KB
- Publication Date : May 29, 2019
- Print Length : 376 pages
- Publisher : Stock (May 29, 2019)
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : French
- ASIN : B07S6F4WR8
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 2234086019
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,969,154 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Southern young people are naive. Everybody knows they marry while still in their teens and have sex for the first time when on their honeymoon. In "Cape May", the two factions smack together (each finds the other irresistible!) and within hours, the young marrieds are being led astray -- first comes drinking, then boat rides and before you know what's happened....well, you know what's happened! And that's pretty much the story -- cliches from the first page to the last.
Tons of twists and turns. I raced through the end. Looking forward to seeing more from this very talented author.
One night, on their way out to dinner, a neighbor's house appears to filled with people and has a Rolls Royce parked in the driveway. The house belongs to a childhood friend of Effie's named Clara. Effie and Henry stop by to say hello. This is the turning point in the novel. Effie and Henry become obsessed with Clara and her friend Max. The story is told from Henry's POV. As a female reader, the book is a deep dive into the male psyche and how they think about women and sex.
The novel is packed with drinking, hot sex and betrayal. A must-read for summer.
I relived those memories through this story. I hope that Cape May hasn't changed.
I look forward to Chip's next book and hope that it is as good.
Thanks for the memories Chip.
Top reviews from other countries
Roman chaud, brûlant ! et je ne parle pas de canicule mais de "liaisons dangereuses" in USA. Une réflexion sur le mariage, le devoir et la fidélité. Un couple de jeunes mariés passe son voyage de noces à CAP MAY, ville côtière du New-Jersey. En octobre, c'est un peu triste. Ils arrivent du fin fond de leur campagne Géorgienne, ils sont vierges - et oui cela existait en 1957 !! - plutôt religieux , et surtout ils s'ennuient ensemble. Mais c'est sans compter sur leurs voisins d'en face, riches new-yorkais excentriques, oisifs, débauchés. Le gin et le whisky coulent à flot au bord de leur piscine lors des douces soirées de ce début d'automne.
Un peu intimidé au début le jeune couple est happé par l'ambiance chaleureuse, à la fois attiré et choqué par le libertinage des invités, quelques hippies, et hommes d' affaires, tous aux moeurs très libres. Ils découvrent un univers si différent du leur, où tous les plaisirs sont permis. On y joue des jeux dangereux.
Les conversations sont superficielles , ils boivent beaucoup, écoutent du jazz . leur jeu favori est d'explorer les maisons voisines fermées hors saison. Ils semblent ne pas avoir de limites. Certes il y a un côté Fitzgerald dans l'atmosphère de luxe et de débauche. Mais les personnages ne sont pas aussi fouillés, aucun n'a de vraie passion , aucun n'est vraiment amoureux, en dehors de la jeune Alma.
L'auteur souligne le contraste entre deux mondes, entre rigueur et désordre. C'est pourquoi pour nos deux jeunes gens cette "parenthèse" ne peut être qu'éphémère. Le réveil sera douloureux!
A fascination de la classe moyenne et religieuse pour un monde plus riche et libéré thème central ne convainc pas tant il y a de lieux communs