Peyton Place

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Northeastern University Press, 1956 - Fiction - 372 pages
257 Reviews
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.

This new paperback edition of Peyton Place 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.

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Good story and pace. - Goodreads
But the ending was LAME!! - Goodreads
Grace was a gifted writer and passionate with details. - Goodreads
Okay, I'll just say it--it has sex scenes. - Goodreads
Too many characters with little character development. - Goodreads
Read it and form your own judgment. - Goodreads

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Often overshadowed by the great film based on this extraordinary book. Grace Metalious writes prose that sings in this first and most notorious novel. It is loaded with well-developed characters you ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hollen Wheeler - Goodreads

If I could give 4.5, I would! I loved this 'scandalous' novel. Can't imagine how it must have rocked the nation in its hey day. I appreciate the author's honesty in addressing subjects and issues that ... Read full review


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About the author (1956)

GRACE METALIOUS (19241964) was the author of Peyton Place, Return to Peyton Place, The Tight White Collar (1960), and No Adam in Eden (1963). She was a resident of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.

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