Authors: Metalious, Grace
Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics
Experience love, loyalty, and betrayal with Grace Metalious’s Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place.
In the small New England town of Peyton Place secrets are preserved for a lifetime, and skeletons are kept firmly in the closet. But the secrets of the town begin to unravel slowly one sunny afternoon when sixteen-year-old Selena Cross visits Dr. Matthew Swain to confirm an unwanted pregnancy. Across town, Selena’s employer, Constance MacKenzie models a high, yet hypocritical, moral standard for her secretly illegitimate daughter, Allison—until she falls in love with Tomas Makris and can no longer deny her own physical desire. Dreaming of literary greatness and deeply hurt by her mother’s betrayal, Allison moves to New York, where she receives both a literary and a sexual education at the hands of Brad Holmes, her literary agent.
Return to Peyton Place
Now a best-selling author, Allison MacKenzie returns home to celebrate the publication of her novel, Samuel’s Castle. Loosely, yet clearly, based on her acquaintances and experiences growing up in Peyton Place, Allison’s novel exposes the intolerant attitudes of Peyton Place’s ruling families, who undertake to teach Allison—and those who defend her—a lesson in respect.
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