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Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs
Author: Richard Russo
Six years after the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize?winning Empire Falls, Richard Russo returns with a novel that expands even further his widely heralded achievement. — Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his sixty years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for forty of them, their son now a grown man. Like his l...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780739493656
ISBN-10: 0739493655
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 528
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
This is the 4th book I've read from this excellent writer. His characters always come to life, but this one lacks the same charm as Mowhawk and Risk Pool. Still very worth a read.
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Helpful Score: 4
I was enthralled by this book! Richard Russo has the gift of bringing the sad realities of a small manufacturing town in the Northeast to life. This drama examines the relationships between the four prominent families in the town of Thomaston NY. From the poorest to the rich, the threads of their lives weave through forty years. It is a wonderful story that could be anyone's journey into adulthood. Wit, charm, love, heartbreak, treachery, hope...all these emotions are there for the happy reading.
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Helpful Score: 3
I'm not sure which family member of mine described too much self-analysis as navel-gazing, but they would label Russo's book as such. Sure, it follows the intertwined lives of small town characters, but in the end, who cares? About halfway through I realized it wasn't really going to get much better and started skimming - and I don't skim.

Save your time - reread Empire Falls, better yet - watch the DVD.
5ducksfans avatar reviewed Bridge of Sighs on + 92 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This book was, well, just fine. Have you ever been all primped up to go somewhere and ask your significant other how you look? If they say "fine," don't you freak out cuz that really says nothing? That's what I mean when I say this book was "fine." It's not that I don't like long books - I've read tons of them that I liked and loved. I just found myself hurrying through the book - not because I couldn't put it down - I just wanted to get to something important. The last 1/4 of the book is really great, but do yourself a favor and read Empire Falls, the Pulitzer Prize Winner by Russo. It's such a great book, and this book seemed more like a chore I had to finish.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a wonderful read. The author wrote a thought-provoking story of two small town boys from their young school days through their adult years and how family and friends shaped their destinies.
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