That Old Cape Magic
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That Old Cape Magic

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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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 261 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1400030919
  • 9781400030910
  • 505,519

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"Marvelous. . . . Utterly charming." --"The Washington Post" "In one of America's most mythic landscapes, Russo details one man's shaky first steps out of his past and into self-knowledge with good humor, generosity, and an open heart." --"O, The Oprah Magazine" "His most intimate yet: an astute portrait of a 30-year marriage, in all its promise and pain. . . . His honest, heartfelt storytelling--like a cooling breeze off a certain New England shoreline--has never felt fresher." --"People" "A fine book about parents and children, about remembering and forgetting, and ultimately what it means to be a grown-up." --"The San Francisco Chronicle" "When we finish reading "That Old Cape Magic," we know we'll start rereading it soon. And that the characters will come to mind at the most unpredictable times. We will stay on speaking terms with them more than we do with some of our real-life cousins." --"The Miami Herald" "Suffused with Russo's signature comic sensibility, and with insights, by turns tender and tough, about human frailty, forbearance, fortitude, and fervor." --"The Boston Globe" "Russo has a great sense of humor, of the absurd, and of the intricate, constantly shifting, complex emotional levels of his characters. . . . The way Russo plumbs their depths are wonderful. Incidents and episodes charm and sparkle." --"The Providence Journal" "Does not disappoint. . . . [With] deep connection to place, and affection for the large cast of characters who blunder and struggle through his pages." --"The New York Times Book Review" "[With] elegant writing. . . . Few novelists exude as much wry compassion as Russo." --"The Christian Science Monitor" "The Pulitzer Prize-winning author has again worked his magic." --"Chicago Sun-Times" "Glistening. . . . [A] chambered nautilus of a novel." --Maureen Corrigan, "Fresh Air," National Public Radio "Good-humored, deeply felt, frankly put. . . . Fshow more

About Richard Russo

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

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