Mrs Bridge

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Penguin, 2012 - Kansas City (Mo.) - 187 pages
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Mrs Bridge is a housewife and mother in Kansas City, bringing up her three children and making a home for her husband, Walter. She shops, plays bridge and goes to the country club, but as time passes she finds that her life is unfulfilling and she cannot even ask herself the questions that trouble her. And while the children grow up and become strangers to her, Mrs Bridge - kind yet bigoted, rich yet simple -is left uncertain of her place in the world. In a series of comical, subtle and shattering vignettes, Evan S. Connell illuminates the contradictions, narrow margins and fear that can live in a life of comfort. With an Introduction by Joshua Ferris 'Very, very funny, often moving and sad, and written with an uncompromising realism that one rarely comes across' Daily Telegraph'For all their satire and dark implications, the novels of the Bridge family remain in the memory as triumphs of faultless realism' The New York Times

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User Review  - AlisonY - LibraryThing

This little book is so, so clever I can't stop thinking about it. On the surface it seems straightforwardly simple - a series of short vignettes about the daily minutiae of Mrs Bridge's life, peppered ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

One or two funny bits, especially the canvas jackets for the leather luggage bought for the trip to Europe. ? But I have a feeling (reinforced by a look at the author's autobiography) that this is ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Evan S. Connell was born in Kansas City in 1924. He served in the US navy in the second world war and lived briefly in Paris before returning to the US, where he wrote and supported himself with odd jobs. His incredibly varied books range from long experimental poems to a best-selling biography of General Custer, but he will be remembered above all for his two undisputed masterpieces about middle-class, suburban American life: Mrs Bridge and Mr Bridge. In 2009, he was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement, and in 2010, he was awarded a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Evan S. Connell died in New Mexico on 10th January 2013, aged 88.

Joshua Ferris was born in Chicago in 1975. His first novel, Then We Came to the End (2007), won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, was a National Book Award Finalist and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel is The Unnamed (2010), and his fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta and Tin House, among other publications. He lives in New York.

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