First published in 1956, PEYTON PLACE uncovers the passions, lies and cruelties that simmer beneath the surface of a postcard-perfect town. At the centre of the novel are three women, each with a secret to hide: Constance MacKenzie, the original desperate housewife; her daughter Allison, whose dreams are stifled by small-town small-mindedness; ...
First published in 1956, PEYTON PLACE uncovers the passions, lies and cruelties that simmer beneath the surface of a postcard-perfect town. At the centre of the novel are three women, each with a secret to hide: Constance MacKenzie, the original desperate housewife; her daughter Allison, whose dreams are stifled by small-town small-mindedness; and Selena Cross, her gypsy-eyed friend from the wrong side of the tracks. 'PEYTON PLACE shocked America with its tale of secrets, sex and hypocrisy in a small New Hampshire town . . Saucy, compelling, and surprisingly literary ...A crafty, page-turning brew of illicit sex, secret lives, public drunkenness, abortion, incest and murder ...A scandalous phenomenon' VANITY FAIR
384 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. FICTION. A new paperback edition of the infamous novel that shocked the nation. When Grace Metalious's debut novel about the dark underside of a small, respectable New England town was published in 1956, it quickly soared to the top of the bestseller lists. A landmark in twentieth-century American popular culture, Peyton Place spawned a successful feature film and a long-running television series-the first prime-time soap opera. Contemporary readers of Peyton Place will be captivated by its vivid characters, earthy prose, and shocking incidents. Through her riveting, uninhibited narrative, Metalious skillfully exposes the intricate social anatomy of a small community, examining the lives of its people-their passions and vices, their ambitions and defeats, their passivity or violence, their secret hopes and kindnesses, their cohesiveness and rigidity, their struggles, and often their courage. Features an insightful introduction by Ardis Cameron that thoroughly examines the novel's treatment of class, gender, race, ethnicity, and power, and considers the book's influential place in American and New England literary history."A rip-roaring good yarn. If the term "page turner" has any complimentary meaning, it applies here...[Grace] Metalious has lasted as a force in American life."&emdash; Washington Times (Key Words: Grace Metalious, Peyton Place, Ardis Cameron, New England, Fiction, Novels, Popular Culture).
First, I would like to say that I would order from this seller again and would definitely recommend him or her to friends.
The book came in a timely fashion and has been everything that I hoped for in the way of a storyline. The story itself is one that I have been recommending to friends, especially to Peyton Place lovers. I could not put it down, but I did finish it. Grace Metalious came up with an excellent storyline when she write this book, which definitely scores 100% as well as several gold stars.
Sep 7, 2011
Was shocking for it's time
Having grown up in Peyton Place, it was fun to read the book, and it was very shocking for it's time, there are still people in town who think that way. By today's standards it is pretty tame, but it was a good coming of age story for the younger characters who grew up through the book.
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