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The Wapshot Scandal

Once upon a time the Wapshots of St. Botolphs were distinguished for their unshakeable good opinion of themselves. But the family members have drifted far from their New England village and into the demented caprices of the mighty, the bad graces of the IRS and the humiliating abyss of adulterous passion. A novel of large and tender vision, The Wapshot Scandal is filled with pungent characters and outrageous twists of fate, and, above all, with Cheever's luminous compassion for all his hapless fellow prisoners of human nature
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The sequel to John Cheever's first, extraordinary novel - The Wapshot Chronicle

About the Author

John Cheever was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912, and he went to school at Thayer Academy in South Braintree. He is the author of seven collections of stories and five novels. His first novel, The Wapshot Chronicle, won the 1958 National Book Award. In 1965 he received the Howells Medal for Fiction from the National Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1978 he won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer prize. Shortly before his death in 1982 he was awarded the National Medal for Literature.


Released in 1957 and 1964, respectively, Cheever's stories of a New England family drift in and out of print every so often. The National Book Award-winning Chronicle and Scandal sequel will find an avid audience. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"I read The Wapshot Scandal with pure delight - in the characters, in the firm and deceptively simple style, and most of all in the continual power of invention" -- Malcolm Cowley "A master American storyteller" * Time * "Cheever's intelligence and honesty powerfully communicate the sensations of being alive" * Sunday Times * "One of the finest storytellers writing in English today" * The Times * "Cheever is a pleasure to read" * San Francisco Chronicle *

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