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Richard Russo captured the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his novel, Empire Falls, then went on to write the teleplay for HBO's lauded adaptation. But his seventh novel, That Old Cape Magic, is a departure of sorts, set in upscale east coast enclaves rather than the dying small towns fans have come to anticipate. Protagonist Jack Griffin is having an epic mid-life crisis despite a successful thirty-five year marriage, and he contemplates - hilariously and poignantly - his own eccentric parents, their failed union, his youthful plans, and his unknown future. In his interview, Richard Russo talks expansively (and also hilariously) about how the book intersects and departs from his own life.