Title: The Wapshot Chronicle; The Wapshot Scandal
Author: Cheever, John
Publisher: Harper & Row, New York
Publication Date: 1979
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: VG
D-j Condition: VG
Comments: D-j has shelf wear. Spots on top edge.
Synopsis: Meet the Wapshots of St Botolphs. There is Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea-dog and would-be suicide; his licentious older son, Moses; and Moses’s adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly. Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, and partly based on Cheever’s adolescence in New England, The Wapshot Chronicle is a family narrative in the finest traditions of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James.
In this companion volume to The Wapshot Chronicle, the members of the Wapshot family of St. Botolphs drift far from their New England village 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.