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The One-Way Bridge: A Novel Kindle Edition

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The folks who live on either side of Maine’s Mattagash River are a quirky bunch, and all of them are known to Orville Craft, who, as the local letter carrier, gains unique insight into their habits and idiosyncrasies. In the waning days before his retirement, Orville becomes particularly vexed by the outlandishness of his nemesis, Harry Plunkett, whose moose-shaped mailbox is an affront to Orville’s devotion to the dignity of the U.S. Postal Service. Theirs is a venerable feud, dating back to a high-school rivalry over the affections of the girl who would become Orville’s wife, a woman who now prefers playing computer games to performing her marital duties. As Orville contemplates ways to save his marriage and plots revenge against Harry’s mail-related taunts, the other residents along his route ponder making changes to their own lives, often with devastating consequences. A one-way bridge may dissect Pelletier’s colorful community, but it also serves as a reminder that there are two sides to every story. --Carol Haggas

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"The author has a lyrical, almost musical way of describing things at times which is entirely enjoyable and a great credit to her writing ability. The descriptions were so rich and detailed, but not unnecessarily so that it was easy to picture each and everything described within." - Novels Escape

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  • File Size: 1955 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402287615
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFI1Y4W
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
THE ONE-WAY BRIDGE is Cathie Pellletier's first novel in six years. Fans have been eagerly waiting for this new addition to the literary mélange of summer books. The One-Way Bridge is in Mattagash, Maine, and is the only way into and out of town. Over the years, an informal rule evolved that the one on the bridge or the one arriving at the bridge has the right of way.

Mattagash is an insular town at the northernmost piece of land in Maine. It is populated by the usual eccentrics and has its share of ridiculous feuds. Five residents of this town emerge as main characters, and readers will have a good time ferreting them out. The storyline is not linear; it is told by an omniscient narrator who is entirely believable despite the fact that s/he jumps around in telling all of the events that take place in Mattagash.

As the book opens, Billy Thunder is next to his mailbox. He is waiting for a small package sent to him from his cronies downstate. He confronts the mailman, Orville Craft, who is not delivering the mail as fast as Billy thinks he should. They have a small argument over this, which ends quickly.The box Billy is waiting for is full of phony Viagra tablets. The women in town are his biggest customers.

As the narrative unfolds, readers are led into the town's secrets, lies and suspicions. It seems that everyone talks to everyone else, but hidden agendas are woven through every relationship. For example: Billy "knew ears grew on trees in Mattagash, and even moles have twenty-twenty vision." He and others are very aware of who they talk to and where. They are even conscious of who they are seen with. They are suspicious of strangers and newcomers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mydogwhistle on May 29, 2013
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This is the first novel I have read written by Cathie Pelletier.

The book is about a group of people who live in a small town in northern Maine. And don't picture coastal Maine with lobsters and sailing boats, this is the Maine where you get moose and trees.

The book actually kind of depressed me in the beginning. It was sad, but an honest look into many peoples lives. But from there you grew to know the characters and understand their problems. You root for them to see the best in others and themselves. This book really made me take a look into my own life and think about how I treat others and myself.

The book ties up nicely and is well done.

The only thing I thought was done a little overboard was the war stories. I don't have a problem with them being in the book, many soldiers live with PTSD and that is understandable, but at points the storyline seemed to drag because of the flashbacks.

Overall I recommend this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cheri Walton on June 29, 2013
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Having lived in Maine all my life, I enjoyed the references to familiar places and personalities. However, the many subplots are so buried in redundant detail that they are difficult to follow. Pelletier seems much more interested in showing her familiarity with the locale than creating a readable narrative. Each member of the community she invents is a one-dimensional caricature of northern Mainers. In the post-script, she talks about her reluctance to create the character who had fought in the Vietnam War. To me that inclusion seemed forced and out of place in an otherwise pretty light-hearted story. True to the rest of the narrative, she focused on accurate detail of essentially irrelevant information. I felt that she spent way too much time setting the stage for a bunch of characters and events that never quite materialized.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Haley Burke on June 20, 2013
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I love Cathie Pelletier's books and have been waiting for a new one for a long time. I wasn't disappointed. A great story, written in her style which appeals to me significantly. The personalities of the characters in this book are warm and real for me. Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kay Remick on June 16, 2013
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Cathie Pelletier is a master storyteller. From the first page, she lifted me out of the Deep South and plunked me down in the middle of Mattagash, Maine. And I felt right at home. I wanted to suggest to Edna that we take art lessons together; I wanted to catch Florence putting out the latest word with its definition; I wanted to sit and have coffee with the gang at Blanche's; I wanted to put a "Thinking of you" note in Harry's moose mailbox during the worst of his nightmares from war time spent in the jungles of Vietnam; I wanted to yank Meg away from the computer and tell her to please put on her apron for Orville. As for Billy, oh how I wanted to roar down the road in his Mustang, freezing my tail off but warm in my heart because Bullet was sitting between us, his ears flapping in the wind and a happy grin on his face. This is a book I will read again, just like I did the other "Mattagash" books. And again, I won't want it to end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patsy D Johnson on July 21, 2013
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As always, Cathie Pelletier once again wrote a novel that is so down to earth and certainly speaks of my native Aroostook County, Maine. I suppose being a native of Maine, I understand so well the characters in this story. She just brings the characters alive and you learn to love each one of them no matter whether they are a good person or a slightly bad person. Each and every character has a distinct personality that can be appreciated. I can only hope that she will continue to write about the Northern Maine wilderness with all of the eccentricities of the people who dwell in that part of the county.
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