Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell

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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.

About Evan S. Connell

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Evan S. Connell was born August 17, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1947. His first work, The Anatomy Lesson and Other Stories, was published in 1957. His first novel, Mrs. Bridge, was published in 1959. The sequel, Mr. Bridge, was published ten years later. In 1990, both novels were adapted into the film Mr. and Mrs. Bridge starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. He wrote more than 15 books during his lifetime including Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn, The Patriot, The Diary of a Rapist, The Connoisseur, Deus Lo Volt!, and Lost in Uttar Pradesh. He died on January 10, 2013 at the age of 88.
Published January 10, 2010 by Counterpoint. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In its early pages, Mrs Bridge, Evan S Connell's 1959 debut novel, can read a little like a parody of the life of the kind of person who might have purchased one of those "How to Be a Perfect Housewife" etiquette guides that were popular during the more buttoned-up years of the last century, and ...

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Though she lacks the perspicacity to reply, Mrs Bridge is aware that the question concerns the "carbuncular presence" she senses – a lurking torpor which it becomes her life's work to ignore.Mrs Bridge is a thoroughgoing critique of the unexamined life, and a valuable precursor to the generation ...

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Mr. Bridge is hardly present in the book (he later appears though in another book called Mr. Bridge, but that’s another review).

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Time Out New York

In many ways the film is about disappointment: the disappointment children cause parents - fast-and-loose Ruth (Sedgwick) goes to New York to become an actress, and fails;

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