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 727th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 63rd on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  2. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)
  3. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Wapshot Chronicle and The Wapshot Scandal Hardcover 1227168 $64.04 $3.24
The Wapshot chronicle (Time reading program special edition) Paperback 3976884 $0.88 $0.87
The Wapshot Chronicle Paperback 611429 $6.50 $0.01 1982
The Wapshot Chronicle Slipcased Hardcover 6243083 $9.10 1985
The Wapshot Chronicle Audible Audio Edition 70274 $29.95 2009
Wapshot Chronicles Mass Market Paperback 6328635 $14.01 $0.01 1986
The Wapshot Chronicle Mass Market Paperback 1639815 $19.99 $0.01 1986
The Wapshot Chronicle Audio CD 5204784 $57.98 2010
Los Wapshot / The Wapshot Chronicle (Spanish Edition) Paperback 1239970 $11.71 2018
Los Wapshot (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 1102231 2018
The Wapshot Chronicle Hardcover 3249732 $74.95 $14.95
The Wapshot Chronicle (Perennial Classics) Paperback 763464 $58.72 $3.05 2011
The Wapshot Chronicle [FIRST EDITION] Hardcover 3303726 $0.98
The Wapshot Chronicle Audio CD 3925935 $18.23 $16.99 2010
The Wapshot Chronicle Paperback 1508989 $3.99 $0.01 1992
The Wapshot Chronicle Hardcover 9889133 $4.49 1957
The Wapshot Chronicle Hardcover 928942 $2.66