One of my “best of” books of 2009 is Richard Russo’s That Old Cape Magic. Interestingly enough, one of my favorites of 2008 was his previous book Bridge of Sighs. Obviously I like his storytelling and writing style.
His newest title begins and ends with a wedding and the year in between. For that year, Griffin has been driving around with his father’s ashes in the trunk. This driving around is akin to driving into his past – childhood vacations on Cape Cod, the relationship between his parents, his own honeymoon on Cape Cod and the life plans he and his wife set there.
This is a novel of introspection and family emotions centered on a middle aged man confronting his past, his troubled marriage, and his daughter’s life on the eve of her wedding. Although there are some moments of sadness, there are also some great comic scenes and an uplifting ending.
That Old Cape Magic