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Bridge of Sighs
by Richard Russo

Overview - Louis Charles Lynch (also known as Lucy) is sixty years old and has lived in Thomaston, New York, his entire life. He and Sarah, his wife of forty years, are about to embark on a vacation to Italy. Lucy's oldest friend, once a rival for his wife's affection, leads a life in Venice far removed from Thomaston.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Louis Charles Lynch (also known as Lucy) is sixty years old and has lived in Thomaston, New York, his entire life. He and Sarah, his wife of forty years, are about to embark on a vacation to Italy. Lucy's oldest friend, once a rival for his wife's affection, leads a life in Venice far removed from Thomaston. Perhaps for this reason Lucy is writing the story of his town, his family, and his own life that makes up this rich and mesmerizing novel, interspersed with that of the native son who left so long ago and has never looked back.
"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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781400030903
  • ISBN-10: 1400030900
  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Publish Date: August 2008
  • Page Count: 641


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Bridge of Sighs

In top form, Russo returns with his sixth novel, another

poignant and illuminating chronicle of small-town culture. Focusing on a group of close friends from Thomaston, New York, the novel spans five decades and is narrated by each of the main characters. Louis Charles Lynch, a Thomaston resident all his life, has been married to Sarah for 40 years, and together, they're reaping the benefits of his family's considerable fortune, which was acquired through a chain of convenience stores. Hoping to travel to Venice for a vacation, Lynch tries unsuccessfully to contact his old friend (and Sarah's former flame) Bobby Marconi, a famous painter who lives in Italy. Marconi is leading the quintessential painter's life overseas—pursuing women, brawling with men and suffering for his art, all while teetering on the brink of 60. Russo skillfully develops the separate yet intertwined stories of these characters, allowing their recollections of life in Thomaston to overlap and enhance each other. The narrative is peppered with everyday dramas—family conflicts, financial struggles—all richly developed and convincingly portrayed. A melancholy reminder that small towns may one day be obsolete, the story of Lynch and his cohorts can be read as Russo's homage to a way of life that's quickly passing. Fans will be more than satisfied with his latest take on middle-class America.

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