That Old Cape Magic

That Old Cape Magic

Large Print - 2009
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Griffin has been tooling around for nearly a year with his father's ashes in the trunk, but his mother is still 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 Laura's best friend. But by the end of this perfectly lovely weekend, the past has so thoroughly swamped the present that the future suddenly hangs in the balance.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9780739328613
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rus
Description: 373 pages (large print) ; 24 cm


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Dec 31, 2014

I've read most of Russo's books and am a big fan, but this, while enjoyable, is maybe his weakest novel.

Sep 19, 2013

This line from the item details sums it up nicely: "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." Love Russo's writing so much - such a talented author. He moves back and forth, past to present, present to past, and as Griffin's memories conflict with his mother's, even the reader is left in doubt as to whose story is the more likely to be true. Nicely done. Really enjoyable read. Definitely character-driven, not plot-driven.

May 14, 2013

not as easy to read; lost interest

Apr 24, 2013

This is my first Russo book . I liked it alot - but find his constant introspection alittle tedious . Regardless , it's a good read

Aug 28, 2010

Jack Griffin, son of two academics, looks at his life in the year that will see his parents die, his daughter wed, his own career seem iffy as does his marriage to Joy. What's a guy to do? How does anyone cope with these life-altering events? It seems he'll do just like the rest of us have or will?the best we can given the circumstances and history that's gone before.

Readers who are a certain age with some of Griffin's life experiences behind them are sure to relish this look into a year in someone's life. As with most families we'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll shout and we'll love these flawed people for whatever they may have done to seemingly ?ruin our lives.' It also seemed an elegy to a place and to a writer's life. Good to read at end of summer.


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