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Bridge of Sighs


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, ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
by on Sep 8, 2011

unfortunately I neglected to update my address and never received the book. I have since done so. Thank you. Albert Cohen


Great read.

by karson on Jun 6, 2010

Very good book, totally interesting all the way thru. Wonderful for taking to the beach or anytime at all.


Overblown and overlong

by bookclubber on Sep 25, 2008

Although much of the writing is well done, it is about 100 pages too long and in need of an editor. The more interesting characters are not developed while the more shallow ones are over written. The ending seems very contrived and out of character for the story. It does convey a strong sense of living in a small town in post WWII America.


Typical Russo Small Town

by miatalvr on Nov 24, 2007

Richard Russo has pretty much done small town to death, but at least he does it well. Lacking the power of Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs is weak simply because the characters just aren't very believable. You've got the main character Lucy, who suffers these spells (almost like absence seizures but with a more mystical quality), his wife Sarah (who may or may not be in love with his childhood best friend), the famous artist who got out (aka the best friend), and a whole bunch of other really flat people (son Owen whose marriage is slowly dissolving) etc. The plot line is pretty typical and all the endings are pretty pat, with only one moderately dark underlying current. This was slightly disappointing, because the one thing Russo can really do is surprise the reader with some malevolent side of human nature that comes out of nowhere. However the book is well written, with engaging dialog, and is an easy read.

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