A Pulitzer Prize winner may not seem a likely sort to be pondering unmet mid-life goals, or dreams deferred. But that’s precisely the subject Richard Russo (Empire Falls, Nobody’s Fool) explores in his latest novel, That Old Cape Magic.
Jack Griffin has carved out a life according to the plan he and his wife Joy set out 30 years prior: abandoning thoughts of a screenwriting career to become a college professor, buying a home, having kids. He seems happy enough, but the wedding of a family friend in Cape Cod—the site of his honeymoon—gets Griffin thinking about what he really wants. Who knows how the world might change by the time another wedding captures his attention.
You won’t want to remember this week as one where you might have heard to a Pulitzer Prize winner read from his work.