Book Review: Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

This was classic Russo…in-depth look at a normal family living in very specific times and places that come alive with the everyday details. Despite the focus on the normal and everyday, Russo as usual makes these settings and people come alive in a way that provides depth to their experiences.
This story spans the lifetimes of four interlinked characters. The first one readers meet has a very interesting perspective. This perspective is what drew me into the book and in a very strong way kept me going even when I tired of the dialog (I’ve found Russo’s dialog less than captivating at times in other books, as well) and even when I thought the length could have been trimmed just a hair to tighten the narrative.
Overall, a book I would recommend. And be aware that you’ll want to read it slowly. It’s a thought-provoking book even though it can’t be described as “thoughtful” in the usual manner. You won’t be confounded by deeply meaningful discussions of issues; instead you’ll find deep meaning in very simple events and the characters’ responses.
3 stars.
Want more fiction that touches on intergenerational movements and families? Try Message Stick, a story of Australia’s Stolen Generation.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

  1. JMD398

    Love the book reviews give me more authors to try and pay attention to. Its so easy to get wrapped in an author that you enjoy. I have to try to remember that their are others of us out there!



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