Bridge of Sighs: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Bridge of Sighs: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)


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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls comes "a magnificent, bighearted” novel (The Boston Globe) about small-town America that follows Louis Charles Lynch (“Lucy”) and his wife of forty years as they prepare 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.

Look for Richard Russo's new book, Somebody's Fool, coming soon.
RICHARD RUSSO is the author of nine novels, most recently Chances Are..., Everybody’s Fool and That Old Cape Magic; two collections of stories; and the memoir Elsewhere. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which, like Nobody’s Fool, was adapted into a multiple-award-winning miniseries; in 2017, he received France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine. He lives in Port­land, Maine.
Product Details ISBN: 9781400030903
ISBN-10: 1400030900
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 12th, 2008
Pages: 656
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
"A magnificent, bighearted new novel [and] an astounding achievement.... A masterpiece."
The Boston Globe

"A story of constantly evolving complexity and depth.... [Bridge of Sighs is] Russo's most intricate, multifaceted novel ... enormous and enormously moving."
The Washington Post Book World

"A novel of great warmth, charm and intimacy ... richly evocative and beautifully wrought."
The New York Times

"[Russo's] most ambitious and best work."
USA Today