Good Evening my lovely readers, writers and blog followers I hope you’re having a fabulous Saturday and making today as great as you can make it.
Well sadly like all good thing The Chrysalids by John Wyndham had to come to an end and so I am once more adrift without a current book in progress. Of course, I know that you know me better than that by now, so you know I have dozens of books just waiting to be read in my house. The next book on my to be read list was controversial when it was released, so controversial it was banned in places when it was published in the 1950’s. I came across it by chance as I flicked through a book website and found it second hand at a very reasonable price so decided to give it a go. The book was a best-seller in it’s day although it has become mostly forgotten in the modern lists of literary critics and best-sellers. The author tragically died at the age of 39 from Cirrhosis of the liver leaving behind a husband and two children. Can you guess what he book is yet?
Drum roll please for Peyton Place written by Grace Metalious:
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
I must admit I’m looking forward to reading this, but have no idea what to expect as I received the book through the post and haven’t had a chance to flick through it yet to understand what the writing style is going to be like. Have any of you guys read Peyton Place? Is it as scandalous as the blurbs and reviews all suggest, even with the 21st century interpretation of what is and isn’t socially acceptable discourse? I’m thinking that I won’t find it shocking, but I’m hoping that the characters and the plot reel me in allowing me to be transported to small town 1950’s America where abortion, incest, murder and sexual scandal were all strictly taboo and therefore shocking when it is exposed.
Grace Metalious was a revolutionary of her time it is said, blowing the thin veneer of small town respectability and exposing the secrets, small minded pettiness and hypocrisy that lay beneath the picture perfect perception of small town New England.
Wish me happy reading guys and look out for my post coming soon where you get to choose which book from a selection of 15 in my to be read pile I read next.
Happy reading, peace and blessings