The Wapshot Chronicle

Winner, National Book Awards 1958 for Fiction

cover of The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
ISBN 9780060528874
Harper & Brothers

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER – John Cheever’s classic novel about one eccentric New England family. The Wapshots have called the quintessential Massachusetts fishing village of St. Botolphs home for eons, but now it is time for the next generation–brothers Moses and Coverly–to go out and see the world.

Moses heads to New York City and, eventually, a remote island in the South Pacific, while his brother travels south to Washington, D.C., and a job “so secret that it can’t be discussed here.” Meanwhile, back in St. Botolphs, their father, Captain Leander, clashes with his fearsome Cousin Honora, who controls the family purse strings. By turns tragic and deeply funny, The Wapshot Chronicle is a masterful work of fiction–inspired by Cheever’s own adolescence–about one very odd family.