Peyton Place + Return to Peyton Place

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Peyton Place is a sleepy little American town, like any other. But like any other, it harbours its fair share of secrets.
Constance MacKenzie is a widower—or so the residents of Peyton Place believe. In reality, after leaving Peyton Place she carried on an affair that lasted until her illicit lover’s untimely death. No one in town knows the truth—not even her daughter, Allison, a budding intellectual, and aspiring author. Allison feels lonely and isolated in Peyton Place, save for the company of her best friend, Selena Cross, a poor girl trapped under the thumb of an abusive step-father.
As the ebb and flow of small-town drama cascades over Peyton Place, the three women must navigate the constraints of their pasts, the potential of their futures, and growing understandings of their own sexuality.
Return to Peyton Place reunites the reader with Allison MacKenzie, now a successful writer in New York, and working on her daughter novel, her mother Constance, now happily married, and her friend Selena Cross, free from the torments of her abusive step father. All three women are, by any reasonable standard, happy. But things become complicated when Allison’s novel, based heavily on the town—and not in a flattering way—attracts the ire of their friends and neighbours.
Peyton Place was a resoundingly successful—and deeply controversial—novel when published, bolstered by its colourful cast and frank discussions of sex and sexuality. The two novels were adapted numerous times, for both film and television.
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