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Peyton Place

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Grace Metalious (September 8, 1924 – February 25, 1964) was an American author known for her novel Peyton Place, one of the best-selling works in publishing history. Simpson, James Beasley (1998). Simpson's Contemporary Quotations. Houghton Mifflin. p.311. ISBN 0-395-43085-2. Where Renee Mallett truly succeeds is in presenting the complete picture. Her book isn’t just a retelling of the murder but a more detailed look into everything around it, including the book it inspired. I love how she shares historical facts about the main characters as well as other people and buildings associated with the murder. There’s also plenty about Peyton Place’s author Grace Metalicious, her life, and untimely death. In the end, I’m intrigued enough to try and find a copy of Peyton Place and read this classic for myself. In spite of a short-lived reconciliation with her first husband George, Grace continued on her destructive path. She began an affair with a British journalist, John Rees, and made a new will leaving him her whole estate shortly before she was rushed to hospital in Boston. It became more interesting to me when Mallett told the story about "The Sheep Pen Murder" which happened in Gilmanton, New Hampshire in 1947, 9 years prior to the publication of Peyton Place. A young woman was accused of murdering her father and concealing his body under the floorboards of their sheep pen. The author set the scene for the time period, the family dynamics, and did an excellent job characterizing the players in this tragedy. However, toward the end, it was slightly repetitive.

Con Peyton Place, Grace Metalious consiguió enfrentar a la sociedad norteamericana con sus miserias, hablando sin tapujos, en esta historia en la que los secretos y el miedo a ser revelados constituyen el epicentro de los conflictos éticos y morales a los que deben hacer frente sus personajes.It was while living in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, where George was a principal, that Grace read about a girl who murdered her father after he sexually abused her repeatedly. She hid him in their farm’s sheep pen, thus earning the case national headlines as “The Sheep Pen Murder.” Grace made statements to interviewers like: “Everybody who lives in town knows that’s going on. There are no secrets, but they don’t want outsiders to know,” and “To a tourist these towns look as peaceful as a picture postcard, but if you go beneath that picture … all kinds of strange things crawl out.” Serious studies of Peyton Place are being published. The novel is taking its place as one in a pantheon of other novels about small-town life, such as Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio.

Since this is not nearly as scandalous as its reputation implies, the question becomes: is there a reason to read Peyton Place? Metalious was born Grace de Repentigny on Sept. 8, 1924, to poor Franco-American parents in Manchester, N.H. Her father, a merchant seaman, left the family when she was 10. In many ways, Peyton Place anticipated the wave of women’s novels that would come in the 1960s, explorations of the confines of femininity and domesticity and envelope-pushing meditations on sexuality and the politics of “women’s liberation.” Peyton Place was not political in any direct sense, but it did serve as probing account of gender and class complexities in a small town. As Thomas Mallon wrote in a 2014 piece on what it’s like to read Peyton Place now, the book “is at its best when the author gives us portraits of women with a moment to themselves, reflective, solitary stretches in which we glimpse Mary Kelley, a hospital nurse who secretively assists with an abortion; Elsie Thornton, a spinster schoolteacher; and Nellie Cross, an abused wife who presents herself in a Molly Bloom-like monologue just before committing suicide.” Though not concerned with women’s emancipation per se, the novel was clearly invested in making visible — and even sympathetic — many of the most stigmatized forms of female anguish. I knew that the Peyton Place book was based on a true story. However, I could never have guessed at just how incredible the story of the murder of Sylvester Roberts would be. His daughter eventually confessed to the crime. She was sentenced to a prison term, although after a length of time, she changed her plea from Not Guilty to Guilty. This plea was changed to protect her younger brother. Many felt that her brother had a hand in the murder, but from reading through the story, and drawing some conclusions on Barbara herself, I have no doubt that she was capable of the killing, and of course, of moving and hiding the body, without the aid of her brother. They lived on a farm, and from a young age, she was used to the hard manual labor. Her father and older brothers were often away from home as they were Merchant Marines.thanks to WildBlue Press for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Los capítulos cortos y centrados en diferentes personajes hacen que la lectura resulte más dinámica y consiguen que la representación que se hace de Peyton Place sea mucho más vívida ya que nos permite conocer diferentes voces, guste más o menos aquello que dicen. Allison’s new English teacher, Tomas Makris, a massive Greek from out of town. Makris doesn’t kowtow to Peyton Place mores. But he follows a strong, offbeat moral code of his own, which rather violently includes Alison’s mother.



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