Year 4, Book 63

63. That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
If you’ve been reading these book review for any length of time you’ll know that I am a huge fan of Richard Russo’s works. This book is a little bit of a departure from his earlier works, although not completely in that it revolves around academic life, which is a frequent theme of his, but does not contain the working class past it’s prime mill town setting that is found in so many of his novels. The story is mainly about Jack Griffen a former Hollywood screenwriter turned English professor following in the footsteps of professor parents. It begins during a trip to Cape Cod for his daughter’s long-time friend’s wedding on Cape Code. He is at an apparent crossroads in his marriage and his life and throughout the book we get flashbacks of the past in particular his relationship with his parents and how it has affected where he is in his present and where he will wind up in the future. Not Russo’s best work by far in my opinion, but still an enjoyable enough read. I give it 6 out of 10.

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