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The National Book Award–winning novel by the writer whom Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald”

Joe Chapin led a storybook life. A successful small-town lawyer with a beautiful wife, two over-achieving children, and aspirations to be president, he seemed to have it all. But as his daughter looks back on his life, a different man emerges: one in conflict with his ambitious and shrewish wife, terrified that the misdeeds of his children will dash his political dreams, and in love with a model half his age.

With black wit and penetrating insight, Ten North Frederick stands with Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road, Evan S. Connell’s Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge, the stories of John Cheever, and Mad Men as a brilliant portrait of the personal and political hypocrisy of mid-century America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “O’Hara remains one of America’s greatest social novelists of the twentieth century…He captured one of the most far-reaching social transformations in American history…To read [his Pennsylvania] novels is to enter an entire world. They work on the reader with an unspectacular but cumulative power.”


  • “[O’Hara] was as acute a social observer as Fitzgerald, as spare a stylist as Hemingway, and in his creation of Gibbsville, in western Pennsylvania, he invented a kind of small-bore variation on Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Politics, sex and social intercourse—the finest, most discerning and compassionate novel he has written—one of the most distinguished works of modern fiction.”

    New York Post

  • “O’Hara occupies a unique position in our contemporary literature…He is the only American writer to whom America presents itself as a social scene in the way it once presented itself to Henry James, or France to Proust.”

    New York Times

  • “An author I love is John O’Hara…I think he’s been forgotten by time, but for dialogue lovers, he’s a goldmine of inspiration.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “Scott Aiello narrates this neglected classic with an almost naïve enthusiasm that adds bite to O’Hara’s complex portrait of a man who was in many ways a typical American, a man whom nobody really knew. Aiello’s clear and certain portrayals of all the important people in Joseph B. Chapin’s life—his parents, wife, children, law partner, and friends—play against the book’s emphasis on the extent to which we are all strangers to one another and sometimes to ourselves. But the audiobook is also a portrait of the changes in America and American life from the age of Wilson to that of Franklin Roosevelt, reminding us of the deep roots of what we think of as modern life.”


  • Winner of the 1956 National Book Award for Fiction
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