Typical Russo Small Town 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.