Bridge of Sighs

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 25, 2007 - Fiction - 544 pages
72 Reviews
This moving novel follows Louis Charles Lynch (“Lucy”) as he and his wife of forty years are about 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.

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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User Review  - LauGal - LibraryThing

I agree with Meg C. I live in a depressed NYS town, so I could understand the importance of it in the story. I also do genealogy so I appreciated characters and their histories.I never read any of his books, but I did love this one. I was sad to see it end. Read full review

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User Review  - mamashepp - LibraryThing

Almost a four, so close to a four but it just dragged on a little too long for me. I loved the writing for the most part and the characters were so well written. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
35
Section 4
52
Section 5
83
Section 6
91
Section 7
118
Section 8
131
Section 15
293
Section 16
319
Section 17
324
Section 18
342
Section 19
360
Section 20
384
Section 21
412
Section 22
458

Section 9
143
Section 10
173
Section 11
183
Section 12
215
Section 13
255
Section 14
265
Section 23
464
Section 24
500
Section 25
513
Section 26
531
Section 27
533
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About the author (2007)

Richard Russo is the author of eight novels; two collections of stories; and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody’s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries.

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