That Old Cape Magic
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That Old Cape Magic

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Jack and Joy Griffin are back on Cape Cod - where they spent their hope-filled honeymoon - for a wedding. Cracks are begining to show in Jack's peaceful family life and thirty-four year marriage. He's driving round with his father's ashes in an urn in the boot of his car, haunted by memories of bittersweet family holidays spent at the Cape, while his acerbic mother is very much alive and always on his mobile. He's spent a lifetime trying to be happier than his parents, but has he succeeded? A year later, at a second wedding, Jack has a second urn in the car, and his life is starting to unravel.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 28mm | 240.4g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 009954184X
  • 9780099541844
  • 327,163

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"The remarkable thing about this novel is its resemblance to real life. Russo creates a family that is utterly recognisable and unique... superb" The Times "Russo meditates on memory, ageing, inheritance, marriage, desire and the meaning of happiness... Written with humour and assurance" Guardian "Russo brings a familiar story to life with wit, elegance, deftness and empathy" Sunday Times "A novel for people who are terrified of becoming their parents... A dyspeptic romantic comedy... [And] an utterly charming novel. If you always cry at weddings, you'll cry at this - and laugh, too" Washington Post "Russo has a knack for capturing the most intimate details in the lives of ordinary people" Chicago Tribuneshow more

About Richard Russo

Richard Russo won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his fifth novel, Empire Falls. He is also the author of Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody's Fool, Straight Man and Bridge of Sighs, as well as a collection of stories, The Whore's Child and the memoir, On Helwig Street. His original screenplay is the basis for Rowan Atkinson's film Keeping Mum. He lives with his wife in Maine.show more

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'The remarkable thing about this novel is its resemblance to real life. Russo creates a family that is utterly recognisable and unique...superb' The Times Jack and Joy Griffin are back on Cape Cod - where they spent their hope-filled honeymoon - for a wedding. Cracks are begining to show in Jack's peaceful family life and thirty-four year marriage. He's driving round with his father's ashes in an urn in the boot of his car, haunted by memories of bittersweet family holidays spent at the Cape, while his ascerbic mother is very much alive and always on his mobile. He's spent a lifetime trying to be happier than his parents, but has he succeeded? A year later, at a second wedding, Jack has a second urn in the car, and his life is starting to unravel. 'Russo has a knack for capturing the most intimate details in the lives of ordinary people' Chicago Tribune 'Russo meditates on memory, ageing, inheritance, marriage, desire and the meaning of happiness... Written with humour and assurance' Guardian 'Russo brings a familiar story to life with wit, elegance, deftness and empathy' Sunday Times 'A novel for people who are terrified of becoming their parents...a dyspeptic romantic comedy... If you always cry at weddings, you'll cry at this -- and laugh, too' Washington Postshow more

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"Russo has a knack for capturing the most intimate details in the lives of ordinary people"show more

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14,115 ratings
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2 14% (1,908)
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