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Cape May

A Novel
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A mesmerizing debut 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 an audiobook about marriage, love, and sexuality, and the lifelong repercussions that meeting a group of debauched cosmopolitans has on a new marriage.

©2019 Chip Cheek (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"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, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train)

“Deceptively relaxed and simple at first...[Cape May] 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) 

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Narrator killed the intimate scenes

I did stick out the whole book, but just barley. The narrator seemed bored by the main character of this book - the intimate scenes.

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Sophomoric Storyline

The characters in this story have no redeeming qualities. They all behave so badly. The sex descriptions are truly X rated. I can not understand how anyone gave this novel s 5 star review. Worst book ever!

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Steamy HOT HOT HOT

I love this book. It had me captured the whole story through. It unfolded beautifully causing great arousing expectations. Great summer read/listen in fact great anytime as an escape or just entertainment. Quite vivid the whole community was clear in my mind based on the descriptions. Great book.

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Cape May

This book is Trash. Desecrates a wholesome seaside town. Shame on you. If I could give minus stars I would. Don't waste your money.

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