(PRWEB) July 12, 2005
Peyton Place lives! The 1956 blockbuster book that shocked the nation is reborn in bestselling author Barbara DelinskyÂs new novel, LOOKING FOR PEYTON PLACE. This Scribner hardcover, scheduled to appear on bookstore shelves July 12th, plunges readers into the world of small town scandal and deadly corruption, evoking the spirit of ÂPeyton PlaceÂ and Grace Metalious, its creator. The link to Peyton Place is so strong and the hot button issue of mercury poisoning is so current that the author expects LOOKING FOR PEYTON PLACE a popular book club selection. To that end, Delinsky will send a free DVD to qualified book clubs that plan to discuss the book. Moreover, her website contains all sorts of juicy details about the Peyton Place connection.
ÂOf the many books IÂve written, IÂve never received as much immediate interest from any title as I have from this one, Â says Delinsky. ÂMention LOOKING FOR PEYTON PLACE to people, and eyes light, brows raise, smiles form. ÂPeyton PlaceÂ, both the fictitious town and the book, has become something of an American icon. Even those born long after the bookÂs heyday know its name.Â
As the 50th anniversary of its publication approaches, ÂPeyton PlaceÂ continues to titillate the American psyche with its glimmer of scandal and passion. The very name of Peyton Place pops up in references that range from a Newsweek cover story about the new television hit, Desperate Housewives, to the Clinton impeachment hearings.
ÂI remember giggling over the pages of ÂPeyton PlaceÂ with friends who had sneaked it from their mothersÂ nightstands,Â Delinsky notes. ÂMy fascination with Grace Metalious, however, didnÂt grow until I was a writer myself, plotting a book about a small town secrets. I reread ÂPeyton PlaceÂ to see how Grace had done it, using her book as my guide. It was only as the years passed Â and writing books about small town scandals become my trademark Â that I grew enamored of the woman herself.Â
In fact, Grace Metalious plays a central role in DelinskyÂs novel, LOOKING FOR PEYTON PLACE. Set in Middle River, a small New Hampshire town that believes it was the model for ÂPeyton Place,Â the book traces the journey of native Annie Barnes, whose mother and grandmother were purported to be the two major characters in ÂPeyton PlaceÂ and whose lives changed dramatically after the bookÂs publication. In turn, Annie has always been haunted by the mystique of Grace Metalious, identifying with the woman, conversing with her, taking inspiration from her bold rebellion against conformity. Derided by her peers, she escapes from Middle River after high school, becomes a bestselling novelist, living in Washington, D.C., and doesnÂt return to town until her mother dies.
Now, faced with misgivings about her motherÂs death and a growing suspicion that mercury toxicity is sickening the town, Annie, like Grace before her, turns into a whistle-blower in exposing the hypocrisy of the town, its most wealthy family, and that familyÂs all-powerful mill. Coming face-to-face with decades of secrets and lies, she is driven beyond the legacy of Grace Metalious to heal the wounds of the town and her own family.
ÂDo you need to read ÂPeyton PlaceÂ to appreciate LOOKING FOR PEYTON PLACE? Absolutely not. I tell you everything you need to know,Â Delinsky remarks. ÂThat said, those of you who have read the original will find luscious little comparisons.Â In the expectation that book clubs will enjoy the opportunity to analyze both books, Delinsky offers a reading group guide that explores their similarities. It is available at http://www.barbaradelinsky.com. Taking it a step further, the author will send a free DVD to qualified book clubs that plan to discuss the book Â or any of her most recent work. The DVD includes intimate interviews with the author, in which she reveals secrets and anecdotes about her last nine novels. Bona fide book clubs, as well as libraries and bookstores sponsoring book clubs, can request a free DVD through the Book Groups page on the authorÂs website.
Barbara Delinsky has written more than 70 books, including 16 New York Times bestsellers. A short biography of the author and a complete booklist is available for download as PDF.
Website Â http://www.barbaradelinsky.com
Assistant to Barbara Delinsky, PO Box 812894, Wellesley, MA 02482-0026
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