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Episode 53 - Peyton Place by Grace Metalious (with special guest!)

Today we have a special treat for you - we got Henry from FireStarters   to read Grace Metalious' Peyton Place  with us and let me tell you... it's a real Peyton Place in there. I honestly can't even describe the plot of this book so let me just give you the trigger warnings, I guess?  So this book is trying really hard to shock you, which shouldn't shock you - the stuff that isn't  intentional in it, therefore, is... more shocking?  So on that front look out for rampant 1950's racism that thinks it's progressive including whoa  n-word count and awful depictions of mental illness, including a character who dies by suicide.  The stuff you're here for, though - the Peyton Place  stuff - includes but probably is not limited to because my god: incestuous rape and abuse, secret illegal abortion(s), an industrial carnival accident, a cat strangled in absolutely bizarre circumstances (I mean seriously usually I'm the one freaked out by animal cruelty but t

Episode 25: Sweet Liar



He's a rich Taggart romance-novel-dude powerlifter with a big family and a sweet townhouse!  She's an emotionally locked down country mouse forced by one of those Improbable Wills to go to New York for a few years to investigate a crime that may or may not have happened to her dead or not dead grandmother and then they... put on a show about it.  Seriously, there is no way to describe this book, you just have to experience it.  There's no present-day sexual violence in this book, but her ex-husband emotionally abused her and in 1928 all sorts of awful Tommy gun business went down.


Yeah, we read another Jude Deveraux book and yeah, somebody sprinkled some crack on it again!  This one almost broke us, y'all.  It's got: fantasy shopping montages!  Kidnappings!  Insane family picnics!  Weird racial business in Harlem!  Improbable lawyers!  Literally cosplaying a mass murder to the tune of several million dollars!  We only covered half of this book in this podcast and it still took us an hour and a half!

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