Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Beginning: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo




Though the digital clock on his bedside table in his hotel room read 5:17, Jack Griffin, suddenly wide awake, knew he wouldn't be able to get back to sleep.

-- That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo. I loved Empire Falls, for which Russo won the Pulitzer Prize, and have been meaning to read his other books for years. This one looked like a good choice for a summer read.

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  1. Wow, I've never been first before. Thank you for posting early because the rest of my day is crazy.

    I've been interested in reading some of Russo's other titles. This does look like a good beach read. Hope you enjoy it.

  2. Hi, I'm taking part in your meme for the first time, I think it is a great and simple idea.

    I'm not familiar with Richard Russo's writing, is there a certain book of his that you would recommend Readers start with?


  3. Hi Gilion,

    I too, am not familiar with Russo's writing, although with his excellent resume I feel that I should be!

    It is not often that a story line like this is written from the male perspective and so well from what I can see.

    I can relate to so many of the challenges Jack and Joy are going through in their lives, including Jacks early rising from your opening lines and the fact that he still has his parents ashes in his possession, not knowing quite what to do with them!

    It kind of made me feel that perhaps our own mid life crises are not so strange or unusual after all!!

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend :)


  4. I agree with Yvonne - not the sort of book you think a man would write, but it looks good. I too, cannot go back to sleep, once awake at 5.17...

    Happy weekend and thanks for hosting.

  5. I've been meaning to read a Richard Russo book for years too. This one is off to a good start, but I first want to read his Pulitzer first Thanks for hosting Book Beginnings, Gillion.

  6. That Old Cape Magic looks like an interesting book. Thanks for mentioning it. :-)

  7. This does look like a great read for the summer. I hope that you enjoy it! :)

  8. I read this one a few years ago, and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I definitely agree with the Cape magic. Times awastin' and it's time to get up.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  10. Hi Gillion,

    I would not be awake at that time of the morning! lol

    Great choice. Glad I've found it. Sounds good to me.

    Here's mine ;

    Happy weekend!



  11. I do not think that great an opening! but the recommendations seem sound enough.


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