That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
Review by Kay, Librarian at Bridgewater Library
That Old Cape Magic has an involved story line looking at marriage and family life through the eyes of the main character, Jack Griffin. Jack and Joy have been married for 30 years and a weekend at Cape Cod brings back both memories of their honeymoon, but also thoughts of Jack’s parents troubled marriage. The novel zooms in on a year of family life where Jack and Joy separate, parents die and children get married.
It is a funny and page turning story of a middle-aged man coming to terms with his ambitions and dreams and what his family members really mean to him, especially his parents. It’s an enjoyable tale where you feel you understand these characters and root for Jack to find a happy ending.