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The Outer Cape: A Novel

by Patrick Dacey

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I found this to be a rather plodding and disorganized novel.
The characters are okay, but the prose wanders too much to keep me interested.
I was taken aback by the graphic sex scene in the first pages and perhaps that colored my view moving forward.

Would not recommend to friends. ( )
  aimless22 | May 23, 2017 |
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The Outer Cape started off great. Immediately, I began to sink into the story. That's important to me because I'm easily bored if the story doesn't hook me in quickly. However, and unfortunately that didn't last. I did get through the rest of the book, though during the last quarter I honestly wondered if I would.

It's not as if it's bad writing really, it just feels like the author was tired of the story too and just kept on and on and on to get a word count capable of being a novel.

Oh and one very serious annoyance. I grew up in South Bend, IN. There's not much I don't know about that city, but even so, it wouldn't have taken much research to figure out that it's the "St. Joseph RIVER" not lake. Please check your facts when writing about a real place. ( )
  Silversi | May 11, 2017 |
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First, thank you to LibraryThing/Holt Publishers for an early copy of this novel for my enjoyment. I truly liked the era (60's - 70's) of the early part of the story, and love Cape Cod anytime, but I found it hard to become attached to the characters, especially Irene (mother, wife, artist). The early life of Irene and Robert was typical 60's with lots of pot, drugs, sex, abortions – things that happened then. After their 2 sons are grown, they return to the cape to a sick Irene (brain tumor), but the story never did grip me, found myself skimming to get through. Thanks to Patrick Dacey for the opportunity to read one of his first novels. ( )
  annwelton | May 2, 2017 |
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I had a difficult time with this book; none of the characters resonated with me, nor could I get involved in their lives. They didn't seem to have any real depth in their relationships with one another, child/parent or man/woman. ( )
  scotlass66 | May 2, 2017 |
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I received an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In the short story collection “We've Already Gone This Far”, Patrick Dacey explored what happens when an entire town wakes up from the American Dream to a reality they did not expect and were not prepared to live in. He returns to the same town in his debut novel “The Outer Cape”. This time he focuses on just one couple, Patrick and Irene Kelly, and their sons Nathan and Andrew.

Most of the book is spent on Patrick and Irene. As in his short stories, Dacey's characters are written with grace, honesty, and compassion. Patrick and Irene are very real people. Which means that they are flawed and not necessarily easy to like. We see how Patrick, a real baby boomer, was raised to do whatever it takes to succeed, even if that means using other people and breaking the law. Ethics to him only matter if it helps him make more money. Irene floats through her early life without any real purpose. Raised in the late 20th century to believe that anything is possible, neither is prepared for the harsh reality of the early 21st century where the Dream has been replaced with responsibilities of family, business, and community.

Dacey is a gifted author with the ability for presenting real people with real problems in a manner that is honest, raw, and passionate. You really can't like Robert, but you want to know what happens to him. While I enjoyed Dacey's characters, I could not help but feel like I've already read this story before. Dacey either needs to stay with the short story format (which he excels at) of find a new subject matter. My honest opinion is to skip this book and read his short stories instead. ( )
  Felliot | Apr 30, 2017 |
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