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Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
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Nov 22, 2008

really liked it

Russo is such a pleasure to read. While I don't think this is his best work, it is very good. I loved the picture of post war America. The father especiallly rang true; a simple man who cannot deal with the changes he faces. I thought the wife and her decisions and reactions were right on , but I couldn't quite accept the younger generation. I am sorry but names elude me. The painter as a child made sense, but I couldn't quite accept his transformation into a painter. Maybe a writer. The hero seemed a little off to me as well; his character was so fearful and lacking in imagination that I couldn't quite accept 'the incident' as the cause. Anyway, Russo's celebration of small town life as full of drama and interest is compelling to me as a reader.
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message 1: by Dana Susan (new)

Dana Susan Paula, what do you think is one Russo's best? EMPIRE FALLS? I started that one but for some reason didn't finish. Suggest another one.

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