Title: BRIDGE OF SIGHS - Scarce Pristine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 528 pages. Published in 2007. The author's sixth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Richard Russo's "Bridge of Sighs". His first novel since "Empire Falls". Russo is now firmly established as the "patron saint of small-town fiction, and with his new novel, he has produced his most American story. Once again he places us in a finely drawn community that is unable to adjust to economic changes, and with insight and sensitivity he describes ordinary people struggling to get by. But more than ever before, Russo ties this novel to the oldest preoccupations of our national consciousness by focusing on the nature of optimism and the limits of self-invention. This is the narrative of our family, its small and significant journeys, the American tale. No other modern author has defined the 'small' with such passion" (The Washington Post). Russo is rooting for small-town America and its values of community, caring, and continuity, for a vanishing way of life that he believes America needs now more than ever: "Some people, upon learning how we've lived our lives, are unable to conceal their chagrin on our behalf, that our lives should be so limited, as if experience so geographically circumscribed could be neither rich nor satisfying". What does community offer as a necessary and irreplaceable consolation? "We will leave this small, good world behind us with the comfort of knowing it'll be here when we return" (Richard Russo). An absolute "must-have" title for Richard Russo collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Richard Russo. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for "Empire Falls". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD RUSSO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0375414959. Bookseller Inventory # 12501
Synopsis: 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.
Amazon Significant Seven, November 2007: Richard Russo's first book since the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs is a typically stunning portrait of three small town families struggling--like the town itself--to strike a balance between obsessively embracing their own history or shunning it entirely, with devastating consequences along both paths. Bridge of Sighs is pure Russo: funny, heartbreaking, and ringing completely true. --Jon Foro
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