Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs

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This moving novel follows Louis Charles Lynch ("Lucy") as he and his wife of forty years are about to embark on a vacation to Italy. 

Lucy is sixty years old and has spent his entire life in Thomaston, New York. 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's oldest friend, once a rival for his wife's affection, leads a life in Venice far removed from Thomaston. 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 , from the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls , is a moving novel about small-town America that expands Russo's widely heralded achievement in ways both familiar and astonishing.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, 2008.
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed.
ISBN: 9781400030903
1400030900
Characteristics: 641 p. ; 21 cm.

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Gilbertfield
Nov 04, 2016

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

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modestgoddess
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.

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lukasevansherman
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.

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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.

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LVerv
Aug 06, 2008

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

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Cabby
Feb 08, 2008

Amazon.ca 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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