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Amazon Significant Seven, November 2007: Richard Russo's first book since the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs is a typically stunning portrait of three small town families struggling--like the town itself--to strike a balance between obsessively embracing their own history or shunning it entirely, with devastating consequences along both paths. Bridge of Sighs is pure Russo: funny, heartbreaking, and ringing completely true. --Jon Foro
The challenge facing those who perform Russo's novels is the self-effacing, low-key nature of his protagonists. The line between a faithful rendition of the character and a snoozer may be as narrow as the street that divides the rich from the poor in Russo's upstate New York town of Thomaston. Unfortunately, Morey's performance finds itself the poor side of the tracks. Lou C. (Lucy) Lynch's narration of events is read in an even, objective tone as if Morey were reading the evening news on an amateur radio show. He does emphasize words and ideas, but the overall effect is monotonous and doesn't do justice to Russo's rich material. Morey's narrative voice for Bobby, Lucy's childhood friend and nemesis, is deeper but more of the same. Morey gives a bit more energy to the third narrator, Sarah, Lou's wife. The result is more soporific than a Thanksgiving turkey, and getting through Russo's sharp account of the factory towns he knows so well becomes more a chore than a pleasure.
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Laborious read. The author gave central character a seeming stream of consciousness thru his daily life. Way too much detail. Read morePublished 26 days ago by AZ reader
Richard Russo's stories contain unforgettable characters. I wish that there
were more Russo books.
A good, well crafted book. A little repetitive in places and definitely too long. Good characters and narrative. A fine writer.Published 1 month ago by Joe Dowling
Well, Russo is a gifted story teller. Like Somerset Maugham. which I mean as a compliment, Russo entertains on nearly every page and his characters are believable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James E. Nickelson
Wonderfully written book. Insightful presentation of psychology of life in a small town - delving into each character's psyche & motivations in relation to the other...Published 3 months ago by Lena walker
It just goes on and on....interesting for the most part but slow movingPublished 4 months ago by Jeanne
A well written story about a complex small town with amazing character development throughout. Russo writes of small, ordinary life with a genius shared by few. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Connie Adler