OCAPERichard Russo is one of my favorite contemporary novelists. Mr. Russo’s prose is literary yet accessible and he creates characters and situations that reek of authenticity. His novel, That Old Cape Magic, is no exception. With That Old Cape Magic, Mr. Russo brings us perhaps his most mainstream novel to date – but don’t let that keep you away – it is still really good.

About That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo: “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.”

I love that That Old Cape Magic is a celebration of past summers spent on my beloved Cape Cod, which makes this the perfect summer reading novel – remember summer unofficially starts next week with the arrival of Memorial Day.

Even if you have no connection to the nostalgia of past summers on the Cape, in That Old Cape Magic the masterful Mr. Russo creates a world of characters instantly relatable to just about everyone – especially men of a certain age.

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