Author(s): John Cheever
Once upon a time the Wapshots of St. Botolphs were distinguished for their unshakeable good opinion of themselves. But the family members have drifted far from their New England village - and into the demented caprices of the mighty, the bad graces of the IRS and the humiliating abyss of adulterous passion. A novel of large and tender vision, "The Wapshot Scandal" is filled with pungent characters and outrageous twists of fate, and, above all, with Cheever's luminous compassion for all his hapless fellow prisoners of human nature.
The sequel to John Cheever's first, extraordinary novel - The Wapshot Chronicle
I read The Wapshot Scandal with pure delight - in the characters, in the firm and deceptively simple style, and most of all in the continual power of invention A master American storyteller Time Cheever's intelligence and honesty powerfully communicate the sensations of being alive Sunday Times One of the finest storytellers writing in English today The Times Cheever is a pleasure to read San Francisco Chronicle
John Cheever was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912, and he went to school at Thayer Academy in South Braintree. He is the author of seven collections of stories and five novels. His first novel, The Wapshot Chronicle, won the 1958 National Book Award. In 1965 he received the Howells Medal for Fiction from the National Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1978 he won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer prize. Shortly before his death in 1982 he was awarded the National Medal for Literature.