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Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell
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Oct 08, 2010

it was amazing

A masterpiece of gently wrought, bittersweet irony. Originally from 1959, Mrs. Bridge exists in a distant American epoch, yet these stories, which make up a piecework biography of the gentle protagonist, feel so fresh.

Like the animated toys that bump into obstacles, then turn away and move on, Mrs. Bridge pushes on with resolute tenacity - an iron-willed devotion to compliance - through indistinguishable years. How does an author turn such fodder into a comic jewel?

Connell somehow plays out each scene with a light, satiric touch; never resorting to sardonic execution. This book was a surprising experience!

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