Peyton Place Author:Grace Metalious ...Peyton Place, the big bestseller about small town USA which has been damned and banned--and hailed as "one of the most extraordinary literary discoveries of recent years."
Yikes. I can see why it was so scandalous when originally published. Desperate Housewives has nothing on Peyton Place and the small town gossip that follows the quiet scandals of the working class and those that lord over them. Once you get started, you won't want to put it down...and it's amazing how well it holds up fifty years after being written.