I love Richard Russo's writing, most of his characters, and his sometimes offbeat way of looking at things. Unfortunately everything just can't be perfect all the time. I stayed with this because I truly enjoy Russo's writing and I wanted to see how everything turned out, but it was just so depressing that it robbed me of a fair amount of the pleasure I look forward to in his books. It's well-written, as always, just not something to pick up if you're looking to be entertained.
I greatly enjoyed the storyline in this book. The author does a good job developing the characters and giving just the right amount of history to develop the scene. I felt that there was a good mix of humor and darkness to make the book believable. I will be buying more books from this author.
I have become a real fan of Richard Russo. His very best it seems to me was Nobody's Fool. That Old Cape Magic has echos of Straight Man without some of humor of the later.
I had to listen to this whole thing for a bookclub and frequently wanted to ask, "Are we there yet?". It was labored and self-conscious with a bizarre seasoning of slap-stick. Huh??
Although I have read Russo twice before ("Empire Falls" and "Bridge of Sighs") I found this novel basically boring and wondering why I should care about the protagonist or his problems (I get it... his parents could not love him... let's move on). I do recognize how brilliantly the author can construct a sentence and was many times blown away by his prose, but I would not recommend this novel.
I don't care how technical you want to get, but I listened to this till the end and it was bad from start to finish