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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,997 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Russo Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For Griffin, all paths, all memories, converge at Cape Cod.  The Cape is where he took his childhood summer vacations, where he and his wife, Joy, honeymooned, where they decided he’d leave his LA screenwriting job to become a college professor, and where they celebrated the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend. But when their beloved Laura’s wedding takes place a year later, Griffin is caught between chauffeuring his mother’s and father’s ashes in two urns and contending with Joy and her large, unruly family. Both he and she have also brought dates along. How in the world could this have happened?
By turns hilarious, rueful, and uplifting, That Old Cape Magic is a profoundly involving novel about marriage, family, and all the other ties that bind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Suffused with Russo’s signature comic sensibility, and with insights, by turns tender and tough, about human frailty, forbearance, fortitude, and fervor. Glenn C. Altschuler, The Boston Globe
  • Family, family, family is the subject of That Old Cape Magic [with] a complicated skein of plotlines, deep connection to place, and affection for the large cast of characters who blunder and struggle through his pages. Roxanna Robinson, The New York Times Book Review
  • “A touching portrait of smart people spinning their wheels. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune
  • Utterly charming. If you always cry at weddings, you’ll cry at this–and laugh, too…Russo has written a novel for people who are terrified of becoming their parents, which is to say for everybody [and it] seems especially intimate, a dyspeptic romantic comedy from a Pulitzer Prize winner who catches the bittersweet humor of our common neuroses…It’s a marvelous portrayal of the strands of affection and irritation that run through a family, entangling in-laws and children’s crushes and even old friends. Ron Charles, The Washington Post
  • “A comic yet thoughtful take on marriage…But amid the humor, it raises questions about the complications we inherit and the ones we build for ourselves. Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today
  • When we finish reading That Old Cape Magic, we know we’ll start rereading it soon. And that the characters will come to mind at the most unpredictable times. We will stay on speaking terms with them more than we do with some of our real-life cousins. Betsy Willeford, The Miami Herald
  • A recipe for laying ghosts to rest [and] a tale about love requited and unrequited. Finally, it is a big-hearted book about real, complex relationships that are an utterly fascinating mix of the two. Rosemary Herbert, Bangor Daily News
  • His most intimate yet: an astute portrait of a 30-year marriage, in all its promise and pain…His honest, heartfelt storytelling–like a cooling breeze off a certain New England shoreline–has never felt fresher. Andrew Abrahams, People
  • Wryly funny…An impressively expansive analysis of familial dynamics between not only spouses but also in-laws, parents and children…It’s Russo all the same, and his many fans are sure to savor the journey. Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
  • In one of America’s most mythic landscapes, Russo details one man’s shaky first steps out of his past and into self-knowledge with good humor, generosity, and an open heart. Pam Houston, O, The Oprah Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcia | 2/19/2014

    " Really enjoyed it! Some parts made me laugh out loud!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike Herzing | 2/10/2014

    " Liked Bridge of Sighs and Empire Falls much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stefanie Lubkowski | 2/8/2014

    " This book was enjoyable, but felt like an easy assemblage of Russo tropes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Courtney | 2/5/2014

    " I love how Russo writes, however I think this book was intended for an older person. Maybe I'll read it again when I'm 50-something. "

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