That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
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That Old Cape Magic Summary
Griffin has been tooling around for nearly a year with his fathers ashes in the trunk, but his mother is 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 Lauras best friend. For Griffin this is akin to driving into the past, since he took his childhood summer vacations here, his parents respite from the hated Midwest. And the Cape is where he and Joy honeymooned, in the course of which they drafted the Great Truro Accord, a plan for their lives together thats now thirty years old and has largely come true. Hed left screenwriting and Los Angeles behind for the sort of New England college his snobby academic parents had always aspired to in vain; theyd moved into an old house full of character; and theyd started a family. Check, check and check.
That Old Cape Magic Reviews
"Russo (Empire Falls) convincingly depicts a life coming apart at the seams, but the effort falls short of the literary magic that earned him a Pulitzer." - Publishers Weekly
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Richard Russo Author Biography
Richard Russo is one of American literature's foremost chroniclers of small-town life, making him a contemporary heir to the likes of Sinclair Lewis and Sherwood Anderson. His novels are set in fading industrial towns throughout the northeastern United States, and the towns are delineated so precisely that they almost become characters in their own right. Russo pays keen attention to the socioeconomic divisions that structure small-town life, the invisible but palpable lines that determine where people live, work, study, eat, drink. One of his recurring themes is the way that the decline of the factory town, as it succumbs to the brutal realities of globalization, affects the lives of its citizens who would otherwise be resistant to change. Though the settings and...
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