The Outer Cape by Patrick Dacey audiobook

The Outer Cape: A Novel

By Patrick Dacey
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A piercing and compassionate debut novel about how the new generations atone for the sins of the old in small-town America Robert and Irene Kelly were a golden couple of the late 70s―she an artist, he a businessman, each possessed by dynamism and vibrancy. But with two young boys to care for, Irene finds herself confined by the very things she’d dreamed of having. And Robert, pressured by Irene’s demands and haunted by the possibility of failure, risks the family business to pursue a fail-safe real estate opportunity. Twenty years later, their now-grown sons, Nathan and Andrew, are drawn back to confront a fateful diagnosis. As they revisit the Cape Cod of their childhood, the ghosts of the past threaten to upend the tenuous peace of the present. In The Outer Cape, Patrick Dacey delivers a story of four people grappling with the shadow of infinite possibility, a book in which chasing the American dream and struggling to survive are one and the same.

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Summary

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A piercing and compassionate debut novel about how the new generations atone for the sins of the old in small-town America

Robert and Irene Kelly were a golden couple of the late 70s―she an artist, he a businessman, each possessed by dynamism and vibrancy. But with two young boys to care for, Irene finds herself confined by the very things she’d dreamed of having. And Robert, pressured by Irene’s demands and haunted by the possibility of failure, risks the family business to pursue a fail-safe real estate opportunity.

Twenty years later, their now-grown sons, Nathan and Andrew, are drawn back to confront a fateful diagnosis. As they revisit the Cape Cod of their childhood, the ghosts of the past threaten to upend the tenuous peace of the present.

In The Outer Cape, Patrick Dacey delivers a story of four people grappling with the shadow of infinite possibility, a book in which chasing the American dream and struggling to survive are one and the same.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Beautifully written, with strong, deeply memorable characters, this is a powerful story of possibility and promise.” Booklist (starred review)
“Turns the usual Cape Cod narrative on its head…The author has a strong grip on the dynamics that follow through a family from generation to generation.” Publishers Weekly
“Dacey has drawn characters so realistic, so imperfect and flawed and human, that it’s hard not to feel for them…‘Unhappy families living in New England’ has been explored by writers as talented as John Updike, Richard Yates, and John Cheever, but Dacey mimics none of them—his rough-edged, plainspoken style is all his own. The Outer Cape is a wonderful book from a remarkably talented author.” NPR

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Author Bio: Patrick Dacey

Author Bio: Patrick Dacey

Patrick Dacey holds an MFA from Syracuse University. He has taught English at several universities in the United States and Mexico and has worked as a reporter, landscaper, door-to-door salesman, and most recently on the overnight staff at a homeless shelter and detox center. His stories have been featured in Zoetrope All-Story, Guernica, Bomb magazine, and Salt Hill, among other publications. Originally from Cape Cod, he currently lives in Virginia.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.76
Audience: Adult
Language: English