The Wapshot Chronicle
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The Wapshot Chronicle is the debut novel by John Cheever about an eccentric family that lives in a Massachusetts fishing village. Published in 1957, it won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1958, and was followed by a sequel, The Wapshot Scandal, published in 1964.
The Wapshot Chronicle is the sometimes-humorous story of Leander Wapshot, his eccentric Aunt Honora, and his sons, Moses and Coverly, as they all deal with life. The story is somewhat autobiographical, particularly regarding the character of Coverly, who, like Cheever, experiences feelings of bisexuality.
In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Wapshot Chronicle 63rd on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
In 2009, Audible.com produced an audio version of The Wapshot Chronicle, narrated by Joe Barrett, as part of its Modern Vanguard line of audiobooks.
- "National Book Awards – 1958". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
(With essay by Neil Baldwin  from the Awards 50-year anniversary publications and[dead link] from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
- Cheever, John. The Wapshot Chronicle. HarperCollins, 2003, ISBN 0-06-052887-7, pg. xiii.
- 100 Best Novels
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