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At last, the rest of the story

Epilogue: A concluding part added to a literary work.

Ten years and twelve million copies after the first printing of The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller brings to a poignant conclusion his story of the love affair between a wandering photographer and the conventional wife of an Iowa farmer.

In A Thousand Country Roads, Robert
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published April 23rd 2002 by John M. Hardy (first published 2002)
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Nov 08, 2009 Graceann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bridges of Madison County Fans
I am one of the people who adored BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, both book and film, and am not ashamed to say so. Many years after reading the first lyrical novel, I remember staying up all night to finish it and how I sobbed over the love of Francesca and Robert. I did then wonder what happened to Robert in those "missing years," and filled in the blanks with my own imagination. Robert James Waller topped me, of course.

The author indicates in his preface that this book will not likely stand on it
This was a quick read, but I never became too involved in the story. I thought The Bridges of Madison County was much better. I would have been happy with the way that book ended. I really didn't need to read this "Epilogue".
The irony that I wrote the review and it vanished as I tried to set the date read is not lost here as I think of the time I wasted when I could have been listening to something more interesting. I'm a huge fan of Bridges of Madison County, so when I saw this was an epilogue to it, I wanted to hear more. I was wrong. Actually, the description is just wrong. Yes, the main character is Robert Kincaid who fell in love with Francesca Johnson, but this story never needed to be told. It was boring, the ...more
May contain spoilers.

I didn't know where this book was heading at the beginning. At first I wondered if I was even reading the epilogue to Bridges.

I remember I once went to a performance by Dave Brubeck, the recently deceased famed jazz musician. Dave was wrapping up a wonderful show when he asked the audience if we had any special requests, and of course, having not yet heard him play Take-5, we all echoed take-5. But Dave asked if instead we wouldn't prefer to listen to Laura, but we were like
I was disappointed in what was supposedly the sequel to 'The Bridges of Madison County' as it barely mentioned Francesca except for Robert's memories, and introduced new characters into the story that were never a part of the original and had them take over almost cheapening the relationship between Robert and Francesca that I was so interested in when I picked up the book. I hate when a story has characters just missing each other in time and's so frustrating! Plus, the author portra ...more
"Los cuandos y los dondes habían logrado formar una vaga hipótesis. Una coincidencia, si. Tal vez. Pero si la coincidencia fuera siempre apartada por ser poco probable, ¿Que haríamos con la mayor parte de la vida, la dejaríamos allí arreglándoselas sola? La elegancia de lo casual esta por todas partes, y el solo hecho de vivir es poco probable, pensó.
Y en alguna parte, en los talleres de Quién o Que, bajo un designio superior, las casualidades y los grandes destinos son inseparables, son lugare
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Oh, sniff, sniff, blubber, sob! That darn Waller always nails me! I tell myself he's such a sappy romantic and I'm far too old and jaded for that, but then he always gets me in the end.

This is the second book in a trilogy. Somehow I read the first and third and missed this one. Not life changing, but he sure knows how to tell a sweet story. Robert Kincaid is like the Marlboro Man minus the macho posturing.
Natalie Shawver
When I read the Bridges of Madison County, I had no idea there was an epilogue to the story. I remember always wondering what happened to both Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson, and thankfully, A Thousand Country Roads provided insight into the rest of their lives. Focusing mostly on Robert Kincaid and his travels, this part II was intriguing, but definitely not the page turner that the first was. I loved the deep dive into Robert and getting to hear this thoughts on his endless love for Fran ...more
Good book. It was nice to finally know what happened. Sad though. Surprising. Interesting reading a love story from a male perspective. Not as satisfying as a female perspective for me but interesting and thought-provoking nonetheless. Definitely recommend for fans of The Bridges of Madison County.
Theresa Stevens
This is an epilogue to 'The Bridges of Madison County'.....
The story gives closure to the principle characters Francesca and Robert of 'Bridges'..
a searching that crosses paths that fail to connect, but a moving on of life of grown-up children and grandchildren for Francesca and still poignant memories of the past.
As for Robert Kincaid, well his life story was not so black and white as the negatives of his photography. But, it highlighted the past, present and future roads that he took with lots
Mary Ann
I was disappointed by the sequel. I wanted more
Brian Sweany
Maybe I'm being a little harsh. Maybe the fact that I had read Ian McEwan's ATONEMENT prior to picking up a copy of A THOUSAND COUNTRY ROADS negatively influenced my opinion of the book. Like it or not, however, when an author like McEwan transports a reader in a way he hasn't been transported by fiction in the last 10 years, you tend to raise the bar for everyone else.

Waller has been and always will be a cheesy writer. His over-the-top, hypersentimental prose reads like a bad Hallmark card tha
On one of my infrequent trips back to the US in the early 1990's for a friend's wedding, I stayed with my friend Alexandra in Chicago for a few days. Back in college she promised to always have pesto in the fridge for me if I should come to visit, and I promised something I can't remember - maybe matzo ball soup. Even if my memory is dim, her's was not, and she was true to her word. One day she handed me a book she said I had to read, The Bridges of Madison County. She said that one of the main ...more
A follow up to Bridges of Madison County. If you enjoyed "Bridges", it is fun to follow up on the melancholy and unselfish values of the "flower children" of years past. Since that age was mine, I found it fascinating, but if you have no ties to the days of Woodstock, burning of draft cards, Kent State [my alma mater], Viet Nam, Watergate and values that are now archaic, skip the book. It will appear sappy, sentimental and overemotional. But if the names of Francesca and Rober Kincaid stir some ...more
Well, as a Bridges of Madison Couny lover I did and do often wonder what happened after...well, this book is the answer. While it wasn't at all what I expected or envisioned it was decent nonetheless. I of course would have made the fairytale ending and that would've been that, but that is obviously why I am a reader, not a writer. It had some slow moving parts because Waller is a little too poetic for me at times but for the most part it sure did answer the questions. I liked the idea of this b ...more
This book is a sequel to The Bridges of Madison County. Just when you think your heart-strings are mended...

I believe that everyone remembers a lost love and dreams of what-if. Amazing.

This is a sequel that actually delivers. Beautifully written.
Scherry Siganporia
Readers! Lovers of Bridges of Madison County...there is a hidden sequel to the book...and I am sure this made you jump! :) For all those who have yet to read this one..make sure you do!! Its just marvelous, touching again...telling us more about the love between Francesca and Robert...It leaves me with a sense of completeness..this epilogue, not because Robert and Francesca can be one (I know all of us want that when we read book one!) but its about how each lives now without the other...Tears a ...more
Kat Lopez
I have mixed feelings about this book and to be honest I am quite unsure whether reading this was a good idea after all, most specially being a follower of Bridges of Madison County. This novel picks up more on Roberts' life than Francesca's. Although my curiosity got the better of me, my desire to know what happened with their lives during all those years apart drove me to venture in to reading this book. In some ways, I was a bit dissapointed that not much went on in terms of trying to find ea ...more
After reading The Bridges of Madison County last year, I resolved to read its sequel, A Thousand Country Roads, as soon as possible. Finding a copy is not difficult, in fact I was able to buy A Thousand Country Roads first before Bridges. I cannot begin to say how much I cried over the love story of Robert and Francesca in Bridges, and I carried this same emotional feeling when I started to read A Thousand Country Roads. Although this book has not made me cry as much as I did with its prequel, s ...more
Mike Coe
I found very little to like about this book. Waller should have stopped with his miraculously successful “The Bridges of Madison County”. In interviews, Waller even admits that he wrote this short novel (Epilogue) only to appease the many readers of “Bridges”, after he was swamped with mail wanting to know more about the life of the characters. I struggle d to complete the book, often feeling that the writing was forced from the hand of a “accidentally successful author” who must feel, in some w ...more
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I was so looking forward to this but it didn't turn out to be nearly as good as Madison County. Kind of sad.
Picked it up out of curiosity - a quick read, at least. With the original novel having already provided the ultimate conclusion of the two characters' lives, this one could do little other than have them skirt around one another frustratingly and introduce a few new characters...
Kathleen Granger
LOVED this book, was surprised. I thought it much better than most of his work...
After receiving a mountain of mail begging for the rest of the story about Robert (we more or less learn Francessca's whole story in Bridges), Waller finally satisfies his fans by telling a story of the later years of Kincaid's life interwined with memories of woman from his early days. This woman comes to play a bigger role in his life than he realized, but Francessca is still the possessor of his heart. This one still maintains the mood of Bridges, but is not an essential tale. If you liked Br ...more
Rachel Campbell
I read "The Bridges of Madison County" a couple years ago, so I was intrigued by the epilogue. "A Thousand Country Roads" by James Waller was a good book, however, I thought it was a good story on its own and not necessarily as an epilogue. I was happy with the way TBMC ended. The ending that it had was what made the story so good. Not all love stories have a happy ending. ATCR was good on its own and had some great characters. If I think of them as two separate stories as opposed to the ending ...more
A bit of a letdown after Bridges.
Sarah Impeciati loren
I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't as good as Bridges. It isn't one of those sequels that you HAVE to read. You can take it or leave it.
It would be so hard to follow a pretty good book, Bridges of Madison County, with anything, but Mr. Waller tried and I have to say................... nah!!!! I happen to love Bridges of Madison County, but I really did not want to know what happen to them once he left. The important thing is that they loved each other and could not be together, what happens in between is just insignificant. The story is very slow, redundant at times and just not interesting. I would not suggest this book.
May 16, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who liked the first book
Shelves: fiction, historical
This was better than the first book as it explores how Robert and Fransesca almost meet again when he returns to see the bridges in Iowa once last time. I was kinda rooting for them to meet again, the big sap that I am!, but of course you know that they will not. It explores part of Robert's life and a previous girlfriend that he meets again on his final travels. A good quick read for those who liked the film and wondered 'why does he not go and see her!!!'

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Robert James Waller is an American author also known for his work as a photographer and musician. Several of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list including 1992's The Bridges of Madison County, which was the top best-seller in 1993. Both that novel and his 1995 novel, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, have been made into motion pictures. Waller currently resides in Texas.
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