The first novel John Cheever wrote is a wonderful introduction to his writing; clever, funny, charming and bursting with life
In the novel that established his reputation as an unparalleled observer of the dialectic between compassion and decorum, John Cheever followed the destinies of the impecunious and wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, Massachusetts. There are the stories of Cap-tain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea-dog and would-be suicide; of his licentious older son, Moses; and of Moses's adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly. Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLE is a family narrative in the traditions of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James.
“The best introduction to Cheever's work...richly inventive and vividly told”
New York Times Magazine
“A tapestry woven from the threads of emotion, tragedy, comedy...and the irony so wonderfully evident in the author's short stories...a literary mosaic...Cheever is a pleasure to read”
San Francisco Chronicle
“A brilliantly written novel, vastly and sometimes sadly, amusing”
“Cheever's debut novel is skittish, mercurial and ringing with life”