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Cape May

(2019)
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'Glamorous, nostalgic and very sexy' Paula Hawkins
'Powerful and devastating... A heady cocktail' Mail on Sunday
'The new Gatsby' Stylist
'Thoroughly sexy and engrossing' Heat
'Nods to classics like The Great Gatsby and Revolutionary Road' Independent


September 1957


Henry and Effie, young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon. It's the end of the season and the town is deserted.
As they tentatively discover each other, they begin to realize that everyday married life might be disappointingly different from their happily-ever-after fantasy.

Just as they get ready to cut the trip short, a decadent and glamorous set suddenly 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.

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 that reverberate through the rest of their lives...

'Gorgeous, seductive storytelling, martini-dry prose reminiscent of James Salter's finest. I loved it' Lucy Foley, author of THE HUNTING PARTY

'An exquisitely crafted exploration of young love, the power of desire, and the lifelong ramifications of choices made in an instant... A modern classic' Whitney Scharer, author of THE AGE OF LIGHT

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Gorgeous, seductive storytelling, martini-dry prose reminiscent of James Salter's finest. I loved it." - Lucy Foley

"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

"Cape May is a perfectly mixed cocktail of beauty, desire, and heady desperation. In his gorgeous debut novel, Chip Cheek offers his readers a portrait of mid-century America and the timeless allure of love on the rocks." - Bret Anthony Johnston

"Earthy and sensual, raw and real, Cape May is an exquisitely crafted exploration of young love, the power of desire, and the lifelong ramifications of choices made in an instant. Cheek's virtuosic prose reads like a modern classic, piercing through the veneer of male sexual fantasies of the 1950s and rendering a heartbreaking portrait of a man-and a marriage-undone by betrayal." - Whitney Scharer


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Hardback Editions

August 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Cape May (Thorndike Press Large Print Women's Fiction)
Author(s): Chip Cheek
ISBN: 1-4328-6722-9 / 978-1-4328-6722-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Cape May: A Novel
Author(s): Chip Cheek
ISBN: 1-250-29715-X / 978-1-250-29715-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Celadon Books
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April 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Cape May: The intoxicating novel of summer 2019
Author(s): Chip Cheek
ISBN: 1-4746-0953-8 / 978-1-4746-0953-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Paperback Editions

July 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cape May: A Novel
Author(s): Chip Cheek
ISBN: 1-250-29746-X / 978-1-250-29746-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Celadon Books
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May 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cape May
Author(s): Chip Cheek
ISBN: 1-4746-0955-4 / 978-1-4746-0955-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cape May: A Novel
Author(s): Chip Cheek
ISBN: 1-250-23110-8 / 978-1-250-23110-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Celadon Books
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cape May: The intoxicating novel of summer 2019
Author(s): Chip Cheek
ISBN: 1-4746-0954-6 / 978-1-4746-0954-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Audio Editions

April 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Cape May: A Novel
Author(s): Chip Cheek
ISBN: 1-250-31765-7 / 978-1-250-31765-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cape May
Author(s): Chip Cheek
Publisher: Orion
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April 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Cape May
Author(s): Chip Cheek
Publisher: Orion
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April 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Cape May
Author(s): Chip Cheek
Publisher: Orion
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April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cape May: A Novel
Author(s): Chip Cheek
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Cape May: A Novel
Author(s): Chip Cheek
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Cape May: A Novel
Author(s): Chip Cheek
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

April 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Cape May: 'Glamorous, nostalgic and very sexy'
Author(s): Chip Cheek
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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April 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Cape May: A Novel
Author(s): Chip Cheek
Publisher: Celadon Books
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