Readers experience day to day in the lives of the Bridge family like the changing of the seasons that are somewhat predictable yet vary day to day. Despite the 1930's backdrop I keenly identified with the characters. The retro aspect was enjoyable - their Lincoln that measured the length of their pantry, the Heywood Duncan's, Mrs. Bridge saying the familiar "It's for the best."Families, like the Bridges, have there hierarchy of members. Mrs. Bridge, the dutiful, unfulfilled wife. The creative son, the secretive and the "good" daughter. Mr. Bridge, the work-at-all-costs for the family. The context of the story reminded me somewhat of the movie "The Help" where one could see the custom of the time for what it was. Here there was less intent to expose upper class behavior than to see into their emotions and desires and disappointment.
Very well-written. A solid yet sympathetic critique of a shallow woman and her era. Loved the short chapter structure. Despite its simplicity, very thought-provoking and interesting.
The empty, surburban life of the upper middle class in America. Of the same time and feel as "Revolutionary Road".
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