I’ve spent quite a bit of time on Cape Cod, but I’ve never made it all the way up to Provincetown. I always mean to get up there, but I get distracted along the way by the beaches and shoreline. I hoped that this book would help me decide if I should include Provincetown on my next planned trip.
The book wasn’t what I expected. I thought it would be an ode to the beauty of the land and the character of the town. Yes, there is a little of that (the chapter about whale watching was the best in the book). However, most of the book is devoted to living the gay lifestyle in Provincetown – the best bars, etc. Perhaps interesting as a snapshot of the life of the town. Since I’m not a gay man, it wasn’t particularly relevant to me.
The writing was also not at the level I expected. This is Michael Cunningham! It felt like it was written quickly and without much crafting of language.
I wish the book had been a little more forthright about the approach to the topic. I’m sure it has a strong appeal. It just didn’t work with why I was reading the book. Disappointing, but at least it was short.