People Magazine Best New Book: Peoples PicksChosen by Barnes and Noble Editors as April 2019's Best Fiction Named a Best Book Club Book of 2019 by BookBubDeceptively 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 REVIEWA 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, the...
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Cape May Reviews
They should have gone to Florida....
Cape May was not what I expected. It's not the lovey dovey sunny beachy time you might think a newly married couple might spend their honeymoon. It's a seductive and isolating journey of discovery, loss of innocence and betrayal. I consumed it with reckless abandon and was left trembling and passionately moved.
Henry and Effie start their honeymoon discovering each other in a sleepy off-season New Jersey beach town. After meeting a few rich and carefree, glamo ...more
This is a fun read but it feels ultimately a bit inconsequential to me: essentially a 'betrayal of innocence' tale, it follows two young newly-weds in 1957 - both virgins on their wedding night - and how they get sucked into the glamorous world of excessive drink, sex and hedonism on their two-week honeymoon. There are no surprises and the dynamics of the seduced and the seducers have been done before, arguably with more impact.
Most of the book is focalised through Henry, the young husband, and ...more
Imagine Florence and Edward, the young virginal newlyweds of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach. Place them in a Great Gatsby setting. And then, for the fun of it, add in a liberal dose of prurient interest — Susan Minot’s Lust comes to mind. Now you may have an idea about what to expect from Cape May.
In this novel, Effie and Henry are woefully unprepared for marriage. They barely have a clear understanding of themselves let alone each other. While on a sometimes awkward honeymoon at Cape May, they en ...more
This was an amazing debut from this author. I was immediately sucked in and felt like I was at Cape May in 1950’s feeling the ocean breeze! This book had so many levels and the characters each had their own personality some I disliked more than others. This book opens in the 1950’s with newlyweds Henry and Effie. They have traveled to Cape May a beach town for their honeymoon to stay at Effie’s uncles home. This is Cape Mays off season so it’s deserted. They are taking this time on their honeymo ...more
Loved this book. Very sexy, but not in a salacious or laughably awful literary way. Too often fiction 'fades to black' with sex scenes, but Chip Cheek doesn't shy away and it really works in his favour. Although I felt the last chapter was essentially an unnecessary afterword, it didn't take away from how compulsive this read was. 2019 is looking to be a great year for Fiction, and this is another one to look forward to - for Historical Fiction fans, but also those partial to a compelling coming ...more
First I thought, it will be a really good book, but while reading and waiting for the surprise it felt like reading a porn. Horrible.
I was trying to figure out what I wanted to say about this book. I thought about just letting it slide for a while. It won't be released until the end of April 2019.
Then, this morning I had Alexa playing music from 1984, the year my son was born. In the middle of Tears For Fears and Duran Duran, she played Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," followed by " Forever Young" by Alphaville, and I had it.
Both of these songs are overplayed and done to death, which is a shame. If you sit quietly and listen ...more
The 1950s have always struck me as a dull, goody two shoes decade. And Henry and Effie certainly fit that mold. Newlyweds, just out of high school, they head from Georgia to Cape May for their honeymoon. And not height of summer Cape May, but out of season, everything’s closed Cape May. So when they notice a whole batch of cars parked outside the house a few doors down, they stop by. But the woman who answers the door is someone Effie has no desire to see. “She’s a snot nosed bully and a harlot. ...more