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Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
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Feb 18, 09

Read in February, 2009

My dad gave me Empire Falls, and after whipping through that, he passed along Bridge of Sighs. While Russo is better known for Empire Falls, I liked Bridge of Sighs better. It was a little slow to start, but I got sucked in pretty easily after the first chapter or so. It's about a small town in upstate NY and the interactions of two boys as they grow up and apart and their relationship with a girl. Because the setting is similar to that of Empire Falls, I went in to this expecting a similar story, but happily, I was proved wrong. My favorite part about these novels is that Richard Russo has this amazing ability to reveal people as you would really know them. The protagonist is this book is a strange one in his ordinariness, but yet you feel deep compassion for his singularity and shame. Many of my initial feelings for characters in the beginning of the book evolved over time, much as any real-life relationship would, holding your attention. Definitely recommend...
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