The Wapshot Chronicle
By John Cheever
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The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever ranked # 63 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
The Wapshot Chronicle is a 1957 novel by John Cheever about an eccentric family who live in a Massachusetts fishing village. It won a National Book Award in 1958 and was followed by a sequel in 1964, The Wapshot Scandal.
The Wapshot Chronicle follows the circuit two brothers, Moses Wapshot and his younger brother Coverely, take in maturing from boys to young adults and eventually men. Their transformation originates in the Atlantic Northeast, then stretches from New York to Hawaii, from a remote fishing pond in the mountains to an Army base in a nondescript suburb.
The Wapshot brothers spend their childhood side by side like teammates but soon find the responsibilities of life calling. The brothers, and the story, bifurcate as Moses and Coverly find their own ways and final destinations.
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