The Wapshot Chronicle, by John Cheever

  • March 3, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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I thought we could move (180 degrees?) away from southern authors and up to the northeast. Here's the description of the book and the author provided by the Austin Library, which, by the way, has 8 or so copies currently available:

When The Wapshot Chronicle was published in 1957, John Cheever was already recognized as a writer of superb short stories. But The Wapshot Chronicle, which won the 1958 National Book Award, established him as a major novelist. Based in part on Cheever's adolescence in New England, the novel follows the destinies of the impecunious and wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, a quintessential Massachusetts fishing village. Here are the stories of Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea dog and would-be suicide; of his licentious older son, Moses; and of Moses' adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly. Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, The Wapshot Chronicle is a family narrative in the tradition of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James.

John Cheever, best known for his short stories dealing with upper-middle-class suburban life, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912. Cheever published his first short story at the age of 17, and in 1979, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his collected edition of short stories, titled Stories of John Cheever. Cheever also wrote screenplays, and five novels, including The Wapshot Chronicle, which won the National Book Award in 1957. Cheever died in 1982, at the age of 70.

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  • Paige B

    Thank you, Jon, for organizing this meeting. It definitely took a devotion to have a discussion over a book like this ;)

    March 3, 2013

    • Jon R. M.

      Well, your devotion in finishing a book that no one liked and still showing up to discuss a book that no one liked is duly noted in the Beer and Cookies Chronicle that I've just started keeping in your honor and that of the Wapshot family.

      March 4, 2013

  • David S.

    Out of town.

    March 2, 2013

  • Paige B

    This will be my first time ever going to a book club. Looking forward to it!

    1 · February 7, 2013

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