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Book Review: Cape May by Chip Cheek

Book Review: Cape May by Chip Cheek


People say it's unwise to judge a book by its cover, but in this instance, I’m very glad I did. The chosen artwork for the cover of Cape May, debut novel from author Chip Cheek, quickly piqued my attention as I delved into the shelf of pre-release books at Griffin Books (a wonderful little independent book shop in Penarth). Bold art deco font, a lone martini glass set against a clash of pink and red; a mix of the modern and the classic. It struck me as a little bit of a tease, which perfectly mirrors the kind of novel I found here when I started reading.
The year is September 1957. We meet Henry and Effie, newlyweds who have just arrived in the  deserted seaside town of Cape May, New Jersey, eager to spend a quiet, low key honeymoon getting to know each other. Our protagonists are naive and inexperienced, having never lived together or spent more than a few hours with just each other for company. The social politics of the 1950s are explored in d…