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Cape May

(2019)
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"Inside this mesmerizing tale of sexual desire and discovery, naive newlyweds Henry and Effie are honeymooning in Cape May, N.J., in 1957, tentatively navigating intimacy. Then they meet Clara and Max, hard-partying lovers who dazzle the innocent pair until they've lost more than their virginity. Cheek's sensual first novel leaves you wanting more."
- PEOPLE

"Henry and Effie's honeymoon is meant to be their introduction to the pleasures of the body, but in the company of Clara and her promiscuous cohort they lose all track of boundaries. A dozy, luxurious sense of enchantment comes over the story, until the rude awakening at its finale.... Cape May does something better than critique or satirize: It seduces."
- The Wall Street Journal

Cape May is a raw, provocative portrayal of a young 1950s couple on the cusp of a sexual awakening, and the temptations that upturn their honeymoon and reshape their marriage.

In this erotic and intimate debut novel, a naive southern couple is exposed to a group of raucous, debauched urbanites. Arriving for their honeymoon in Cape May, New Jersey, during the off season, Henry and Effie are startled to find the beach town deserted. The abandoned homes and desolate beaches make them shy of each other, and, isolated in their new marriage, they decide to cut their trip short.

But before they leave, they encounter their glamorous, sensual neighbors and become swept up by 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, mysterious, and evocative half-sister, to whom Henry is irresistibly drawn. Slowly, agonizingly, these deeply-flawed, profoundly human characters pull Henry and Effie out of themselves and expose them to a side of desire they never expected.

While they discover new truths in each other and in their marriage, the empty beach town becomes their playground. And as they sneak into the vacant summer homes, go sailing, walk naked under the stars, make love, and drink an enormous amount of gin, Henry and Effie slip from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences.

Seductive and moving, this is a novel about marriage, love, raw sexuality, and the ways in which desire and betrayal can reverberate endlessly throughout our lives.

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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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)
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Paperback Editions

May 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)
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April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: CAPE MAY INTERNATIONAL EDITION
Author(s): CHIP CHEEK
ISBN: 1-250-23110-8 / 978-1-250-23110-9 (USA edition)
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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)
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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
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April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Cape May: A Novel
Author(s): Chip Cheek
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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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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April 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Cape May: A Novel
Author(s): Chip Cheek
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April 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Cape May: The intoxicating novel of summer 2019
Author(s): Chip Cheek
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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