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  • Published: 1 October 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099458975
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $22.99

Bridge of Sighs

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BRIDGE OF SIGHS is about innocence and cynicism, optimism and despair, mining the secrets of society and the human heart in a rich, dramatic and big-hearted story of families and growing up, and the secrets which define a community - rich, sinuous and surprising, with new and darker undercurrents.

Two boys grow up in Thomaston, upstate New York. Louis Charles Lynch, aka Lucy, marries his childhood sweetheart and settles down to run a small empire of convenience stores. He's a good man, but he isn't always as reliable as he seems, and secretly longs for what he can't have… His best friend Bobby escapes to Italy and becomes an artist, trading in past and family for a life far removed from Thomaston.

Now, at sixty years old, Lucy and his wife Sarah are about to relinquish their usual quiet routine and travel to Venice to find Bobby, though they have not heard from him for many years. The truth about why he left, and about the ties that bind these three friends, is intricate and heartbreaking.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099458975
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Richard Russo

Richard Russo won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his fifth novel Empire Falls (made into a TV series starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Helen Hunt). He is also the author of Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody's Fool , Straight Man and Bridge of Sighs, as well as a collection of stories, The Whore's Child. His original screenplay is the basis for Rowan Atkinson's film Keeping Mum, with Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas. He has collaborated with Robert Brenton on the screenplays for Nobody's Fool (filmed with Paul Newman) and Twilight. He lives with his wife in Maine and in Boston.

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Praise for Bridge of Sighs

“Russo's state-of-the-nation novel is a complex read, but totally engrossing”

Marie Claire

“In graceful, elegiac sentences...Pulitzer Prize-winning Russo exposes the dark heart of the American Dream”

Daily Mail

“Richly evocative and beautifully wrought...a novel of great warmth, charm and intimacy...sharp, funny storytelling”

New York Times

“No novelist working today can better capture the rhythms of small-town life, from its comic idiosyncrasies to its wicked undercurrents of gossip and prejudice”

Sunday Times

“Beautifully done”

DJ Taylor, Guardian

“Russo excels in this marvellous slice of Americana...Bridge of Sighs is a welcoming place to keep coming back to”

Glasgow Herald

“Unfolding slowly and in minute detail ... at its best when it evokes the rhythms of blue-collar family life in upstate New York in the 1950s and 60s”


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