Mrs. Bridge: A Novel

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Shoemaker & Hoard, Jan 10, 2005 - Fiction - 246 pages
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Best-selling author Evan S. Connell is expert at sketching the banalities and trivialities of middle-class values, customs, and habits. Like Mr. Bridge, its counterpart, Mrs. Bridge is comprised of over one hundred titled chapters, containing vignettes, an image, a fragment of conversation, an eventóall building powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family, closely knit on the surface but deeply divided beneath by loneliness, boredom, misunderstandings, isolation, sexual longing, and terminal alienation. With a surgeonís skill Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development beneath. Mrs. Bridge recedes more and more into doubt and confusion as her three children and husband become more remote and silent. The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to deflect any possible spark of conversation. A fly caught unawares in amber for eternity is no more immobilized and exposed than Mrs. Bridge, trapped in her garage as her novel ends.

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I tend to enjoy writing that doesn't mess around. - Goodreads
Maybe it was the era, or the style of writing. - Goodreads
And the chilly ending, well, it got me. - Goodreads
What really sets this book apart is the writing. - Goodreads

Review: Mrs. Bridge

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Do you like Updike? Cheever? Roth? Yates? Then why the fuck haven't you read Evan Connell? Because no one reads him anymore. Seriously, much like Richard Yates 15 years ago, Connell has become the ... Read full review

Review: Mrs. Bridge

User Review  - Dpdwyer - Goodreads

This is at least the third time I've read this and it never disappoints. Mrs. Bridge is a wealthy Kansas City woman living the circumscribed life of a 50s wife and mother. Her story is told in brief ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Evan S. Connell was born August 17, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1947. His first work, The Anatomy Lesson and Other Stories, was published in 1957. His first novel, Mrs. Bridge, was published in 1959. The sequel, Mr. Bridge, was published ten years later. In 1990, both novels were adapted into the film Mr. and Mrs. Bridge starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. He wrote more than 15 books during his lifetime including Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn, The Patriot, The Diary of a Rapist, The Connoisseur, Deus Lo Volt!, and Lost in Uttar Pradesh. He died on January 10, 2013 at the age of 88.

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