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What a book! I've been a Russo fan since "The Risk Pool," and I downloaded "Bridge of Sighs" the day it was released. I took the day off from work and unplugged the phone. When it ended, I started it over again. There is a kindness and insight and depth of understanding to Mr. Russo's writing that makes me weak in the knees. He captures the pathos of the near-miss, and the dignity and indignities required to see through to the end the lives we choose.
Readers/listeners who are familiar with the down-on-their-luck towns of his other books (except "Straight Man," which is a whole other delightful story of its own) will feel as though they've come home again. These new characters, too, are flawed, trying hard, making the best of it, making mistakes, coming together, and falling apart. The plot is textured and complex, spanning generations, continents, and social classes. It is wistful, heartbreaking, sweet, sad, and often funny, and although I missed the wisecracking Sully and his friends (if you haven't yet, get "Nobody's Fool"), these people had distinct voices that were just as affecting and effective.
The narrator is terrific, with a nuanced style that reflects the pain (or joy) of the action and the lyricism of the prose.
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I've been a member of Audible since 2001 and have heard a lot of wonderful books and this was one of the very best! I loved the length of the book and the depth that Russo developed the characters. None of the characters were totally good or evil- just like real people. One thing I really liked was the insight he had in the understanding of the characters as they aged and developed. The different stories came together to keep the book interesting. I hope it doesn't take years for Russo to write another. However long it takes, it will be worth it.
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