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shelf. Under her sweaters. That's where my Mom hid her copy of Peyton Place.
I have no idea how long it sat there before I found it. But
once I did...
The book was so sexy, especially by Fifties standards.
Because I had so little time with the volume before I had to return it to its
hiding place, I memorized the page numbers where I'd found the "good stuff."
And of course, one must be absolutely meticulous in replacing the book. Can't
do anything which might prompt discovery.
What was the fuss
Well, as I mentioned, it was sexy stuff for the times. But
The novel Peyton Place, by 31-year-old Grace Metalious lays
bare the hypocrisy of idyllic small towns. The novel has an inflammatory effect
on Americans torn between the tantalizing ideal of family life they wish for
and the reality they face each day.
In the following year, the novel
will become a popular film starring Lana Turner, Hope Lange, and Arthur
In 1964 Peyton
Place came to TV.
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