Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs

Book - 2007
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A major new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of EMPIRE FALLS, this story of parents and children, of family both benevolent and malevolent, of small-town community and its hidden toxic effects, has all the glorious heart we have come to expect from a Russo novel but with a tough new edge and a darker seam of glittering secrets. Louis Charles Lynch, aka Lucy, is sixty years old and has lived in Thomaston, upstate New York, his entire life, married to the same woman, Sarah, for forty years. Like his own father a determined optimist, Lucy has had plenty of reasons not to be but has withstood them all, including his mother, still indomitably alive. Her husband's death dealt the Lynches another setback after they'd moved from the wrong side of the tracks to the right one, yet her brains and that Lynch optimism provided them with 'an empire' of convenience stores that Lucy is now passing to his son.But, as he says, 'the well-established rhythms of our adult lives will soon be interrupted most violently' for he and Sarah are about to leave home and travel to Rome, Florence and Venice, where his oldest friend, once a rival for his wife's affection, leads a life far removed from Thomaston. This is classic Russo, but with a new twist in the character of a painter who gladly traded his family and past away for a life in Europe. The destinies of these three soon-to-be-reunited friends are forged in their hometown in ways that are constantly surprising and utterly revealing.
Publisher: Chatto & Windus,� 2007
ISBN: 9780701181888
Branch Call Number: AF RUSS


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Nov 04, 2016

Wow .... another marvelous Richard Russo book. Similar to Empire Falls, but read them both. This book is great.

Mar 22, 2016

Wonderful Russo. A novel to sink into. Despite its length, I was disappointed when I got to the end - I had so enjoyed being immersed in the lives of these characters and their small town. Definitely a time commitment; definitely worth it. This is no Straight Man, no That Old Cape Magic; it's more like Empire Falls - Russo's observant eye reveals to us the intertwined and complicated lives of a cast of characters in a small New England town.

Sep 06, 2015

I've really liked Richard Russo's other novels and have been slowly working my way through his output. Earlier books like "The Risk Pool" and "Mohawk" seemed to emerge from the gritty, working class "dirty realism" school of writing, while his best known books "Empire Falls" and "Nobody's Fool" added a Dickensian quality to those settings. "Bridge of Sighs," like another recent Russo book, "The Old Cape Magic," will be familiar to readers of his work, but disappointing. "Cape" felt disjointed and hastily thrown together, while "Bridge of Sighs" feels long-winded and monotonous, something I've never thought of his books. The plot is the usual family saga set against the backdrop of a small, decaying New York town. But what was fresh and incisive in earlier books has become stale and formulaic. I'm also not sure if it's acceptable for a white writer to refer to a character as a "negro," even if it is set in a less racially enlightened era. At 642 pages, it's a drag to read. Sigh.

Mar 03, 2013

Loved Empire Falls and looked so forward to this book. What a disappointment - Russo repeated himself over and over. Almost packed it in at 150 pages then something would capture my interest and I would continue. The last 150 pages were the best. Will probably not read another one of his books.

smc01 Aug 11, 2008

The character development in this novel is wonderful. You come to genuinely care about them. It's one of those long novels that you hope won't end and feel sad when it does.

Aug 06, 2008

One of the best reads this year. Worth the wait. This is an author I am going to watch.

Feb 08, 2008 top 25 books of 2007.

DueDate Jan 02, 2008

Wow! A good book for sharing and discussing. I sat for two days - reading straight through.

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