The Outer Cape by Patrick Dacey
A Novel

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...though the sweet-and-sour ending fits the overall mood, it’s also too carefully constructed to feel persuasive. A wan, overly familiar portrait of domestic angst.
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The Outer Cape is a wonderful book from a remarkably talented author...” —NPR.org

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Robert and Irene Kelly were a golden couple of the late ‘70s—she an artist, he a businessman, each possessed by dynamism and vibrancy. But with two young boys to care for, Irene finds herself confined by the very things she’d dreamed of having. And Robert, pressured by Irene’s demands and haunted by the possibility of failure, risks the family business to pursue a fail-safe real estate opportunity.

Twenty years later, their now-grown sons, Nathan and Andrew, are drawn back to confront a fateful diagnosis. As they revisit the Cape Cod of their childhood, the ghosts of the past threaten to upend the tenuous peace of the present.

In The Outer Cape, Patrick Dacey delivers a story of four people grappling with the shadow of infinite possibility, a book in which chasing the American dream and struggling to survive are one and the same.

 

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Published June 27, 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.. 302 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 02 2017

...though the sweet-and-sour ending fits the overall mood, it’s also too carefully constructed to feel persuasive. A wan, overly familiar portrait of domestic angst.

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Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Jun 29 2017

"Unhappy families living in New England" has been explored by writers as talented as John Updike, Richard Yates and John Cheever, but Dacey mimics none of them — his rough-edged, plainspoken style is all his own. The Outer Cape is a wonderful book from a remarkably talented author...

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