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Mr. Bridge

A Novel

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January 11, 2005 | Paperback |  5.5 x 8, 384 Pages | ISBN 9781593760601
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"Mr. and Mrs. Bridge are forever human, forever vulnerable, forever pitiable. In spare, whimsical, ironic prose, Connell exposes each and every one of their wrinkles and then, in the end, offers them to us as human beings to be cherished." —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

Walter Bridge is an ambitious lawyer who redoubles his efforts and time at the office whenever he senses that his family needs something, even when what they need is more of him and less of his money. Affluence, material assets, and comforts create a cocoon of community respectability that cloaks the void within—not the skeleton in the closet but a black hole swallowing the whole household. Mr. Bridge is the companion volume to Mrs. Bridge told through a very different voice. The Bridge novels have been recognized as classics during their author’s lifetime. With their shared ability to capture the manners and mores of the American upper middle class, best-selling author Evan S. Connell has done for the late thirties what Sinclair Lewis did for the twenties.

EVAN S. CONNELL, long recognized as one of the most important literary voices of contemporary letters, is the author of 17 books, including Mrs. Bridge and Deus lo Volt, and the best-selling Son of the Morning Star. He passed away on January 10, 2013.

Praise

“Mr. and Mrs. Bridge are forever human, forever vulnerable, forever pitiable. In spare, whimsical, ironic prose, Connell exposes each and every one of their wrinkles and then, in the end, offers them to us as human beings to be cherished.” —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

“With Mr. Bridge, Connell completes his sage of sweet joylessness and blunted sensibility, of marriage, family, and middle age on the Plains of Protestantism. Together the Bridge novels achieve an understanding of provincial upper-middle class U.S. life beyond anything in our literature. Mr. Bridge is a tour-de-force of contemporary American realism, a beautiful work of fiction…” —Life

“One of our most interesting and intelligent American writers… Connell has written a small masterpiece, its structure exactly matched with its story.” —Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Accursed

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