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That Old Cape Magic

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Following Bridge of Sighs—a national best seller hailed by The Boston Globe as “an astounding achievement” and “a masterpiece”—Richard Russo gives us the story of a marriage, and of all the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth.

Griffin has been tooling around for nearly a year with his fathers ashes in the trunk, but his mother is very much alive and not shy about calling on his cell phone. She does so as he drives down to Cape Cod, where he and his wife, Joy, will celebrate the marriage of their daughter Lauras best friend. For Griffin this is akin to driving into the past, since he took his childhood summer vacations here, his parents respite from the hated Midwest. And the Cape is where he and Joy honeymooned, in the course of which they drafted the Great Truro Accord, a plan for their lives together thats now thirty years old and has largely come true. Hed left screenwriting and Los Angeles behind for the sort of New England college his snobby academic parents had always aspired to in vain; theyd moved into an old house full of character; and theyd started a family. Check, check and check.

But be careful what you pray for, especially if you manage to achieve it. By the end of this perfectly lovely weekend, the past has so thoroughly swamped the present that the future suddenly hangs in the balance. And when, a year later, a far more important wedding takes place, their beloved Lauras, on the coast of Maine, Griffins chauffeuring two urns of ashes as he contends once more with Joy and her large, unruly family, and both he and she have brought dates along. How in the world could this have happened?

That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughters new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has. The storytelling is flawless throughout, moments of great comedy and even hilarity alternating with others of rueful understanding and heart-stopping sadness, and its ending is at once surprising, uplifting and unlike anything this Pulitzer Prize winner has ever written.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Richard Russo lives with his wife in Camden, Maine, and in Boston. In 2002 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls.

From the Hardcover edition.

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ScrambledEgg, May 26, 2010 (view all comments by ScrambledEgg)
Anyone over 30 who has had experience with parents would probably like this. It is much lighter on its feet than Bridge of Sighs or Empire Falls, though again sharply insightful about people and their relationships. And it's funny.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780739318928
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Russo, Richard
Read by:
Morey, Arthur
Read:
Morey, Arthur
Author:
Morey, Arthur
Publisher:
Random House Audio
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;cape cod;marriage;family;novel;new england;academia;relationships;academics;maine;midlife crisis;family relationships;professors;divorce;american fiction;american;contemporary fiction;massachusetts;midlife;death;dysfunctional family;adult;literatu
Subject:
fiction;cape cod;marriage;family;novel;new england;academia;relationships;academics;maine;midlife crisis;family relationships;professors;divorce;american fiction;american;contemporary fiction;massachusetts;midlife;death;dysfunctional family;adult;literatu
Subject:
fiction;cape cod;marriage;family;novel;new england;academia;relationships;academics;maine;midlife crisis;family relationships;professors;divorce;american fiction;american;contemporary fiction;massachusetts;midlife;death;dysfunctional family;adult;literatu
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Eight CD
Publication Date:
20090804
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.90x5.12x1.13 in. .56 lbs.

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