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Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
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Nov 16, 2008

really liked it
Read in October, 2008

It starts: "First the facts." I really enjoyed Russo's narrative. You could see Thomaston, its citizens and the awful polluted stream that ran through the town. The main character Lou now around 60 years old, has set out to write the complete story of his family and their modest life. The quiet story sucks you in--and small town or big city--life is neither easy nor simple. I might have to reread this book next year. Since Lou is telling it from his perspective, I relied too much on his viewpoint.

There is something of the same tone in this story as there is in Empire Falls. That was an interesting small town tale as well. I think I became more attached to Lou than I did to the characters in Empire Falls however. Worth a read.


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