September 2008 Indie Next List
“Like some of the best, most compelling works of fiction, sense of place is a character in Russo's Bridge of Sighs. Bridges in upstate New York and, more famously, in Venice set the stage for this rich, fascinating story of families, friends, coming of age, and late-in-life hardships. Book groups will eagerly digest the ordinary details, plus discuss the extraordinary circumstances of real life -- wonderful!”
— Kathleen Dixon, Islandtime Books & More, Washington Island, WI
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.
About the Author
Dans une ville au fin fond du sud d'un pays repute pour ses paysages ensoleilles et son architecture baroque, j'ai vu le jour dans une region aussi celebre que ma ville natale tres reputee pour son agriculture, malgre l'aridite de sa terre. Apres avoir fete mon tout premier anniversaire sur la route avec mes parents et au bout de milliers de kilometres, je m'installai avec eux dans un pays inconnu ou, au cours de mon enfance, je commencais a m'imaginer une histoire, celle d'une riche famille. Je suis intimement persuade que les drames familiaux et personnels que j'ai traverses ont un tantinet influence l'ecriture de mes differents ouvrages publies. Comme l'un des personnages principaux de mon deuxieme livre, je suis un immigre et un autodidacte.
"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