Peyton Place

Grace Metalious  (1956)

Don’t laugh!

Chances are you’ve only heard of this book by reputation, or possibly seen the movie or TV series, but never thought to read the book. I had always wanted to read Peyton Place, knowing that when it originally came out it was somewhat scandalous and extremely popular. Part soap-opera and part time capsule, this tale of a seemingly quiet New England town is the perfect mind-candy, beach book. What surprised me most was the intelligent style of the writing (I expected Daniel Steel) and how some of the themes still had the ability to shock.

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