That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)

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For Griffin, all paths, all memories, converge at Cape Cod.  The Cape is where he took his childhood summer vacations, where he and his wife, Joy, honeymooned, where they decided he’d leave his LA screenwriting job to become a college professor, and where they celebrated the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend. But when their beloved Laura’s wedding takes place a year later, Griffin is caught between chauffeuring his mother’s and father’s ashes in two urns and contending with Joy and her large, unruly family. Both he and she have also brought dates along. How in the world could this have happened?
 
By turns hilarious, rueful, and uplifting, That Old Cape Magic is a profoundly involving novel about marriage, family, and all the other ties that bind.


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About Richard Russo

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Richard Russo is the author of Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Straight Man, Nobody's Fool, and Empire Falls, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and a collection of stories, The Whore's Child. He and his wife live in coastal Maine.
 
Published July 31, 2009 by Vintage. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“That Old Cape Magic” is the only Richard Russo novel that has its own theme song.

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The New York Times

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But Griffin had persuaded — or bullied — her into a honeymoon on the Cape instead.

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The Guardian

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At 57 and facing his "middle-aged meltdown", Jack Griffin, the "congenitally unhappy" hero of That Old Cape Magic, is a professor of writing at a New England college and an ex-Hollywood screenwriter, bi-coastal traits he shares with author Richard Russo.

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BC Books

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Check out (to cite just a few examples of an almost universal them) Jonathan Lethem’s Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccusto...

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The Wall Street Journal

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that wasn’t so bad, was it?” That scene, from "That Old Cape Magic," is, like so many in Richard Russo's writing, both cheerfully impertinent and stingingly true, a brisk introduction of needle to balloon.

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Book Reporter

He can’t shake his resentment over her long-ago infatuation with Tommy, his former screenwriting partner, and she resists his desire to abandon the security of academia that for her represents the fulfillment of their Cape Cod honeymoon pact that Griffin sarcastically entitles the “Great Truro Ac...

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AV Club

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At heart a story of a midlife crisis, it quietly wages war against clichés, introducing characters who seem destined to serve functions they’re never actually called upon to perform, and relying more on sharply drawn pieces of everyday life than the sort of story formulas that helped lead its pro...

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The Telegraph

His way of rebelling was to become (horror of horrors!) a screenwriter – a job Russo himself has held – and to marry a girl, Joy, who did not do graduate work.

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The Bookbag

That's the key to the success of this novel, the narrative just flows, and before you know it you'll be deeply involved, finding yourself heading back with Jack for a second wedding, a second urn and a whole echo that you can't quite escape, just like Jack.

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About.com Bestsellers

After Empire Falls and Bridge of Sighs, his two greatest works, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author returns for a somewhat substantive summer read to close this 2009 season.ProsRusso's charming wit and natural New England ease creates prose that is both revelatory and humorousJack & Joy Griffin's m...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Richard Russo is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Empire Falls (2001), which, like his other novels (including Bridge of Sighs, 3.5 of 5 Stars Jan/Feb 2008), are firmly rooted in struggling blue-collar towns.

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Alibi

Though That Old Cape Magic is a lighter entry than his previous books—both in terms of length and scope (no shifting perspective or cast of dozens)—it is, like all of his work, honest.

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Creative Loafing

When Griffin asks Tommy whether he's still in love with Joy, he says, “Sure, aren’t you?” Most of the impending crises come to a head at the novel's midpoint: Griffin and Joy separate;

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