t’s hard to say what this book is about
the same way that it’s hard to say what your own life is about
. This isn’t so much a story to consider or a far away world to wonder about as much as it is a mirror. Jack Griffin is an English professor and screenwriter, but like most folks in academics, the job gets dry. Griffin is getting old, his marriage is getting old and his job is getting old; the only thing that doesn’t age—that keeps him interested and fanaticizing—is Cape Cod. The Cape is escape and wind and out-of-the-way joints. The Cape is everything the Midwest is not. Russo’s characters are sarcastic and likeable—really likeable—the kind you’d buy a drink or two for even when you don’t have the money to spare and you can tell their wallets are loaded. Life is a series of cycles, of course: relationships, beginnings, ends, realizing you’ve become your parents, vacations, work, driving. Russo keeps the subtle plot alive but really just presents characters and life: how to be a child, an adult, a parent, a person who knows loss.