Bridge of Sighs: A Novella and Stories
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Bridge of Sighs: A Novella and Stories

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A novella and two stories by Paulette Roeske.Winner of the second annual Three Oaks Prize for fiction.

Magda Brummel, the protagonist of the novella, who is devastated by loss, has decided to take a trip to Italy. She is accompanied by a man whom she knows only casually, and their relationship is initially platonic. As the author takes Magda and Harry through stunningly evo...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Story Line Press
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Sasha Martinez
My first DNF of 2012, but it didn't come with much heartbreak. That's something to be thankful for, yes?

I was intrigued by the first paragraphs of the stories [and one novella!], but, ultimately, there was no rewarding follow-through from the author. Off the top of my head, Roeske seems to settle with bland language. She sets up moments that demands for a reach to the poetic, but the language just lies there like a dead fish, and it won’t even give me the courtesy to flop. Gah. In contrast to th...more
Marnie
Three of the most depressing stories I've ever read. The novella had the most potential, being the most developed, but like the other two stories, the ending, such as it was, left me cold.
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