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A Conversation with Interabang's Lori Feathers and Author Chip Cheek

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Liz Button
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Chip Cheek is the author of the new novel Cape May (Celadon Books), a Winter/Spring 2019 Indies Introduce selection and a May Indie Next List pick.

Cheek was born in Georgia, grew up in Texas, and currently lives in southern California. He received his MFA from Emerson College and worked for years at the Grub Street community writing center in Boston. His writing has won him multiple scholarships and awards, and has appeared in publications such as The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Washington Square, and others.

“We meet just-wed high school sweethearts Henry and Effie in 1957 as they embark to the beach town of Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon, knowing little of the world beyond the Georgia farms and fields where they were raised. When they are befriended by a clutch of worldly dilettantes, Henry and Effie come to realize just how little they know about each other,” said Lori Feathers of Interabang Books in Dallas, Texas, who served on the Indies Introduce panel that selected Cape May.

“Chip Cheek’s impressive debut vividly captures an end of innocence and the awakening of desires that will indelibly mar the way that Henry and Effie see themselves and their marriage. With poignant, descriptive writing, Cheek beautifully evokes the restless idealism of youth and the swift corruption of a young couple’s dreams for their idyllic future,” Feathers said.

Feathers and Cheek discuss the author’s choice of time period and location as the backdrop to his characters’ story here.

Cape May: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250297150
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Celadon Books - April 30th, 2019