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Bridge of Sighs

Russo, Richard (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Six years after the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, Richard Russo returns with a novel that expands even further his widely heralded achievement. Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his sixty years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for forty of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he's had plenty of reasons not to be--chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive. Yet it was her shrewdness, combined with that Lynch optimism, that had propelled them years ago to the right side of the tracks and created an "empire" of convenience stores about to be passed on to the next generation. Lucy and Sarah are also preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy, where his oldest friend, a renowned painter, has exiled himself far from anything they'd known in childhood. In fact, the exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the "history" he's writing of his hometown and family. And with his story interspersed with that of Noonan, the native son who'd fled so long ago, the destinies building up around both of them (and Sarah, too) are relentless, constantly surprising, and utterly revealing. Bridge of Sighs is classic Russo, coursing with small-town rhythms and the claims of family, yet it is brilliantly enlarged by an expatriate whose motivations and experiences--often contrary, sometimes not--prove every bit as mesmerizing as they resonate through these richly different lives. Here is a town, as well as a world, defined by magnificent and nearly devastating contradictions.nbsp;
Authors: Russo, Richard, 1949-
Title: Bridge of sighs
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 527 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Russo
ISBN: 0375414959
9780375414954
Branch Call Number: FICTION RUSSO
Subject Headings: Lifestyles Fiction Friendship Fiction Italy Fiction New York (State) Fiction City and town life Fiction
Topical Term: Lifestyles
Friendship
City and town life
LCCN: 2007027970
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Join the discussion on Dec. 9, 2014. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Empire Falls" comes a new story that expands on all the details of small-town existence and the claims of family, especially the ties that bind fathers and sons.

Join the discussion on Aug. 20, 2015. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Empire Falls" comes a new story that expands on all the details of small-town existence and the claims of family, especially the ties that bind fathers and sons.


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Mar 03, 2013
  • 22950004930269 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 11, 2008
  • smc01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • LVerv rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Amazon.ca top 25 books of 2007.

Jan 02, 2008
  • DueDate rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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