August 30 - 1985: Cape Cod is getting crowded

1987: Cape book best seller
John Saul's 1987 nail-biter, "The Unwanted" was set in False Harbor, Cape Cod.

1985: Our population was 163,000 then, it's a quarter-million today

Years ago the alarm was being raised concerning the sudden boom in the Cape's population.  With our present numbers approaching a quarter-million year-round residents, an article in the New York Times in 1985 was prescient:


Sixteen years ago, when Marilyn Fifield moved here from Pennsylvania, this was a tightly knit little community where almost everyone knew everyone else.

Today a high percentage of the village's year-round residents are people who moved here from elsewhere, many of them within the past five years.

The newcomers to this still quiet, drowsy section of the cape's north side along Cape Cod Bay make up only a fraction of the 67,000 people added to the cape's population between 1970 and 1984. Cape Cod's year-round population is now about 163,000.

Read the full story in the New York Times here.

1987: Best seller by John Saul set on Cape Cod

On August 30, 1987, THE UNWANTED, by John Saul (Bantam, $4.50) about a teen-age girl, lonely in a Cape Cod town, finds herself endowed with terrifying powers was #6 on the Paperback Best Seller list here.

From the publisher:

Cassie Winslow is sixteen. She has just lost her mother in a terrible accident. Now, lonely and frightened, she has come to live with the father she barely knows and his new family in tiny False Harbor on Cape Cod. For Cassie, the strange, unsettling dreams that come to her suddenly in the dead of night are merely the beginning. Very soon, Cassie Winslow will come to know the terrifying powers that are her gift. And in the village of False Harbor, nothing will ever be the same.

You can start reading it here.

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