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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Orringer Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Julie Orringer’s astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater (“fiercely beautiful”—New York Times; “unbelievably good”—Monica Ali), is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family’s struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C. Morgenstern on the rue de Sévigné. As he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter’s recipient, he becomes privy to a secret history that will alter the course of his own life. Meanwhile, as his elder brother takes up medical studies in Modena and their younger brother leaves school for the stage, Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends each of their lives into terrifying uncertainty. At the end of Andras’s second summer in Paris, all of Europe erupts in a cataclysm of war.

From the small Hungarian town of Konyár to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the lonely chill of Andras’s room on the rue des Écoles to the deep and enduring connection he discovers on the rue de Sévigné, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labor camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a love tested by disaster, of brothers whose bonds cannot be broken, of a family shattered and remade in history’s darkest hour, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.

Expertly crafted, magnificently written, emotionally haunting, and impossible to put down, The Invisible Bridge resoundingly confirms Julie Orringer’s place as one of today’s most vital and commanding young literary talents.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The strength of The Invisible Bridge lies in Orringer’s ability to make us care so deeply about the people of her all-too-real fictional world. For the time it takes to read this fine novel, and for a long time afterward, it becomes our world too.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Orringer’s triumphant novel is as much a lucid reminder of a time not so far away as it is a luminous story about the redemptive power of love.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Orringer’s first novel is a hugely ambitious undertaking, but she has every detail under control, from the architectural currents in Europe in the 1930s to the day-to-day struggle to survive in a work camp. The early sections set in Paris, in particular, are completely absorbing…An astonishing achievement.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[A] richly detailed debut novel from prizewinning short-story writer Orringer, unfolding from a little-explored area of the Holocaust…The author works large themes of family, loyalty, and faith across a huge sweep of geography and history…Her story develops without sentimentality or mawkishness, though it is full of grand emotions. Though the events of the time, especially in Hungary, are now the stuff of history books and increasingly fewer firsthand memories, Orringer writes without anachronism, and convincingly.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the May 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Finalist
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate | 2/12/2014

    " beautiful, beautiful story from the 2nd world war. the details of the labor camps with the tangle of friends & the love story make this story unforgettable. very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pmdilo1 | 2/12/2014

    " A long book, but it held your interest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer Glick | 2/7/2014

    " This was one of the best books I have read in the past year. My big regret is that I bought it on my iPad and can't go back and leaf through the pages or lend the copy to friends. In fact, my husband and I are going to visit Budapest for the first time this summer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shannon | 1/18/2014

    " my all time favorite in the last 10 years "

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