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That Old Cape Magic
 
 
Author
Richard Russo.
Publisher Knopf/QPB  
Format paperback, QPB
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9781616641733
Pages/Publication Date 261/2009
Daedalus Item Code 33314
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Pulitzer Prize winner (and one of Daedalus's favorite authors) Richard Russo here offers an unexpectedly hilarious squint at the life of Jack Griffin, a man who got everything he thought he wanted and now, with utter bewilderment, is watching it all unravel.

"Richard Russo has written a novel for people who are terrified of becoming their parents, which is to say for everybody. The misanthropic hero of That Old Cape Magic jitters with the anxiety of influence, repelled and attracted to his mom and dad like Woody Allen playing Hamlet. After those sprawling epics of American life Empire Falls and Bridge of Sighs, Russo's new book seems especially intimate, a dyspeptic romantic comedy from a Pulitzer Prize winner who catches the bittersweet humor of our common neuroses. The book's two-part structure is simple and elegant: two weddings, a year apart, the first on Cape Cod, the second in Maine.... The climactic scene of That Old Cape Magic is a no-holds-barred bit of Steve Martin–like wedding slapstick, complete with pratfalls, sucker punches and runaway wheelchairs. 'Late middle age,' Griffin notes, 'was a time of life when everything was predictable and yet somehow you failed to see any of it coming.' That's a pretty accurate description of this utterly charming novel. If you always cry at weddings, you'll cry at this—and laugh, too."—Washington Post

 
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