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Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell
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Dec 08, 2009

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

Disaggregated, cool, remote. The book has its share of dramatic events, but nearly all of them happen "offstage," with the characters describing what happened or trying to piece together what has gone on. Most of the narrative and dialogue focus on everyday tasks, rainy days, and small talk. Weirdly, this novel reminds me of the nonfiction Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which is not nearly as polished or as powerful but has a similar sense of detachment.

Grace Barron is my favorite character (I suspect she is most people's). "Have you ever felt like those people in the Grimm fairy tales--the ones who were all hollowed out in the back?"

It doesn't surprise me to learn that Connell later wrote Mr. Bridge describing the events from a different point of view. I don't think any two characters in this book see things the same way.

I particularly enjoyed the ending, which was ordinary and surreal at the same time.

Recommended to me by James Patterson, of all people, whose books I find unreadable despite their massive commercial success.
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message 1: by Amy (new)

Amy I heard that Patterson interview and thought I need to read the book, too, from his interview.

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