Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
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Experience love, loyalty, and betrayal with Grace Metalious’s Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place.

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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About Grace Metalious

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Grace Metalious was an American author who is best known for her scandalous yet highly successful novel, Peyton Place, which shocked Eisenhower-era America with its depiction of the sexual, class, and ethnic tensions roiling beneath the peaceful surface of a small New England mill town.Financially secure for the first time in her life, Metalious embraced a lavish lifestyle and continued to write, producing three more novels including Return to Peyton Place, The Tight White Collar, and No Adam in Eden. After years of heavy drinking, a troubled Metalious succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver in 1964.
 
Published January 1, 2015 by HarperPerennial Classics. 738 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction