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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,327 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Russo Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he’s had plenty of reasons not to be—chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive. Yet it was her shrewdness, combined with that Lynch optimism, that had propelled them years ago to the right side of the tracks and created an “empire” of convenience stores about to be passed on to the next generation.

Lucy and Sarah are also preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy, where his oldest friend, a renowned painter, has exiled himself far from anything they’d known in childhood. In fact, the exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the “history” he’s writing of his hometown and family. And with his story interspersed with that of Noonan, the native son who’d fled so long ago, the destinies building up around both of them (and Sarah, too) are relentless, constantly surprising, and utterly revealing.

Bridge of Sighs is classic Russo, coursing with small-town rhythms and the claims of family, yet it is brilliantly enlarged by an expatriate whose motivations and experiences—often contrary, sometimes not—prove every bit as mesmerizing as they resonate through these richly different lives. Here is a town, as well as a world, defined by magnificent and nearly devastating contradictions.  Download and start listening now!


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  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Theresa | 2/19/2014

    " A wonderful novel. Beautifully written and completely engaging. Who would have thought that you could grow to love such a totally unremarkable character as Lou C. (aka "Lucy") Lynch -- a genial, simple-minded, home-loving convenience store owner who had his father's goofy smile and overly-optimistic view of life? Chapter by chapter, Russo reveals Lucy's story with intricate detail, charm and depth. I was sorry to be done with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lis | 2/18/2014

    " I only recently started reading Richard Russo's books - this is the third I have read. (after Elsewhere and Nobody's Fool). He manages to make all his characters very individual and the writing is excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dana | 2/17/2014

    " Well narrated on audio. Similar in style to Empire Falls but not quite as good. Reflections on small town life and the universal themes in it that relate to all of us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janet S | 2/12/2014

    " I've read every Richard Russo book except one. Bridge of Sighs is not among his best. "

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