The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
The Wapshot Chronicle is a 1957 novel by John Cheever about an eccentric family who live in a Massachusetts fishing village. The book won the National Book Award in 1958, and was later followed by a sequel, The Wapshot Scandal, published in 1964. The Wapshot Chronicle is the sometimes-humorous story of Leander Wapshot and his sons, Moses and Coverly, as they deal with life. The story is somewhat autobiographical, particularly regarding the character of Coverly, who, like Cheever, experiences feelings of bisexuality. The novel was Cheever's first, though he had previously written short stories. It was also the first novel selected for the Book of the Month Club to include the word "fuck."
The 330th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 63rd on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
- - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)
- - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)