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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Zumbanista - LibraryThing
Peyton Place by Grace Metallious is the banned novel which spawned a movie and popular TV series. The writing grabbed me from the very start. Set in a small New England village in 1937 through 1944 ... Read full review
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A scandalous book laying bare life in a small town. Metalious creates a living and breathing town populated by real characters and she expertly shows the driving force gossip and with it power have in ... Read full review
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