In Mrs. Bridge Evan S. Connell a consummate storyteller artfully
crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events
and confrontations. With a surgeon s skill Connell cuts away the
middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested
development underneath the entropy of time and relationships lead
Mrs. Bridge's three children and husband to recede into a remote
silence and she herself drifts further into doubt and confusion.
The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to
deflect any possible spark of conversation. The novel is comprised
of vignettes images fragments of conversations events all building
powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family closely
knit on the surface but deeply divided by loneliness boredom
misunderstandings isolation sexual longing and terminal isolation.
In this special fiftieth anniversary edition we are reminded once
again why Mrs. Bridge has been hailed by readers and critics alike
as one of the greatest novels in American literature."
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