That old cape magic: a novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Following Bridge of Sighs--a national best seller hailed by The Boston Globe as an astounding achievement and a masterpiece--Richard Russo gives us the story of a marriage, and of all the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth. Griffin has been tooling around for nearly a year with his father's 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 Laura's 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 that's now thirty years old and has largely come true. He'd left screenwriting and Los Angeles behind for the sort of New England college his snobby academic parents had always aspired to in vain; they'd moved into an old house full of character; and they'd started a family. Check, check and check. 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. And when, a year later, a far more important wedding takes place, their beloved Laura's, on the coast of Maine, Griffin's chauffeuring two urns of ashes as he contends once more with Joy and her large, unruly family, and both he and she have brought dates along. How in the world could this have happened? That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has. The storytelling is flawless throughout, moments of great comedy and even hilarity alternating with others of rueful understanding and heart-stopping sadness, and its ending is at once surprising, uplifting and unlike anything this Pulitzer Prize winner has ever written.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Morey, Arthur. Narrator
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID a15723f8-add5-90ee-568a-e955d2d1348b
Grouping Title that old cape magic
Grouping Author russo richard
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-04-23 22:56:39PM
Last Indexed 2019-04-24 00:00:33AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Morey, Arthur.
author Russo, Richard, 1949-
author2-role Morey, Arthur.|Narrator
author_display Russo, Richard
available_at_catalog Annex, Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Main Kids, Main Library
collection_catalog Audiobook, Fiction, Large Print
detailed_location_catalog Annex - Adult Fiction, Annex - Adult Large Print, Bellevue - Adult Fiction, Hermitage - Adult Audiobook, Hermitage - Adult Fiction, Main Library - Adult Fiction
display_description The lives of Jack and Joy Griffin always seem to come back to Cape Cod, where they honeymooned, as they experience the ups and downs of life, including the deaths of Jack's parents, the marriage of their daughter, and Jack and Joy's divorce.
format_catalog Book, CD audio book, Large Print, eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_catalog Audio Books, Books, eBook
id a15723f8-add5-90ee-568a-e955d2d1348b
isbn 9780307273307, 9780375414961, 9780739318928, 9780739328613, 9781400030910, 9781415966259
item_details ils:CARL0000334740|35192038652602|Main Library - Adult Fiction|Fiction Russo|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MN||, ils:CARL0000334740|35192038849406|Annex - Adult Fiction|Fiction Russo|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||AX||, ils:CARL0000334740|35192040775235|Main Library - Adult Fiction|Fiction Russo|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MN||, ils:CARL0000334740|35192049223567|Bellevue - Adult Fiction|Fiction Russo|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||BL||, ils:CARL0000334740|35192049223583|Hermitage - Adult Fiction|Fiction Russo|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||HM||, ils:CARL0000336568|35192038703660|Annex - Adult Large Print|Fiction Russo Large Type|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||AX||, ils:CARL0000336569|35192038733022|Hermitage - Adult Audiobook|CD AUDIO Fiction Russo|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||HM||, overdrive:7e54ed29-9bbf-4d51-9f46-f39d2a2a6886|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|1|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Available Online||||, overdrive:83ea314a-f165-48f1-bac3-b970b54b63f0|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||
itype_catalog , Book, CD audio book, Large Print Book
last_indexed 2019-04-24T05:00:33.287Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog CD AUDIO Fiction Russo, Fiction Russo, Fiction Russo Large Type
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Annex, Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Main Kids, Main Library
primary_isbn 9781400030910
publishDate 2009
record_details ils:CARL0000334740|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Alfred A. Knopf,|2009.|261 p. ; 25 cm., ils:CARL0000336568|Large Print|Books|1st large print ed.|English|Random House,|2009.|373 p. (large print) ; 24 cm., ils:CARL0000336569|CD audio book|Audio Books||English|Random House Audio,|p2009.|8 sound discs (9 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in., overdrive:7e54ed29-9bbf-4d51-9f46-f39d2a2a6886|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group|2009|, overdrive:83ea314a-f165-48f1-bac3-b970b54b63f0|eBook|eBook||English|Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|2009|
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:7e54ed29-9bbf-4d51-9f46-f39d2a2a6886 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000336569 35192038733022 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000334740 35192049223583 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000334740 35192038652602 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000334740 35192038849406 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000334740 35192049223567 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000334740 35192040775235 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
overdrive:83ea314a-f165-48f1-bac3-b970b54b63f0 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000336568 35192038703660 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
subject_facet Cape Cod (Mass.) -- Fiction, College teachers -- Fiction, Domestic fiction, American, Large type books, Married people -- Fiction, Mid-life crisis -- Fiction, Midlife crisis -- Fiction, Reminiscing -- Fiction
title_display That old cape magic
title_full That Old Cape Magic, That Old Cape Magic A Novel, That old cape magic / Richard Russo, That old cape magic [sound recording] : a novel / by Richard Russo, That old cape magic [text (large print)] / by Richard Russo
title_short That old cape magic
title_sub a novel
topic_facet College teachers, Domestic fiction, American, Fiction, Large type books, Literature, Married people, Mid-life crisis, Midlife crisis, Reminiscing