The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

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If you've ever experienced the one true love of your life, a love that for some reason could never be, you will understand why readers all over the world were so moved by this small, unknown first novel that they made it a publishing phenomenon and #1 bestseller. The story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY gives voice to the longings of men and women everywhere-and shows us what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.
 

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Robert James Waller was born in Rockford, Iowa and attended the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa and the Indiana University School of Business. He was a professor of management and, later, dean of the business school at the University of Northern Iowa. He has written short stories and novels, but is best known as the author of The Bridges of Madison County, which was adapted into a movie starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. The book surpassed Gone with the Wind as the bestselling novel of all time. Waller received the Literary Lion Award from the New York Public Library.
 
Published March 15, 2001 by Grand Central Publishing. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Education & Reference. Fiction

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and when they make whoopee, it's as much spiritual as physical, what with Robert whispering, ``I am the highway and a peregrine and all the sails that ever went to sea.'' On Day Four, their last together, Francesca announces she must stay with her family, but their bond is forever: As Robert says...

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The Bridges of Madison County is the story of Francesca Johnson, a farm wife, and Robert Kincaid, a photographer.

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Examiner

He meets a farm wife named Francesca Johnson when he stops to ask for directions (if that right there doesn’t scream romance novel, I don’t know what does).

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Entertainment Weekly

Anyone who loved Robert James Waller's blockbuster novella The Bridges of Madison County will probably come away from the movie version satisfied that due reverence has been paid.

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Entertainment Weekly

The talk was about weather and farm prices and new babies and funerals and government programs.'' The dreamy Neapolitan girl in the dutiful, bored farm wife awakens.

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The Independent

You're always dealing with markets, and markets - mass markets - are designed to suit average tastes.' You said it, Mr Waller.

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People

Watch how Streep and Eastwood heat up her kitchen when she invites him over for dinner—her husband and kids are off showing a steer at the state fair—and, as the hour grows later, she gets this wonderful, slightly out-of-focus look in her eyes as she half-listens to Eastwood's prattle while comin...

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Rolling Stone

Maybe Robert James Waller's best-selling novel of love forsaken, The Bridges of Madison County, had you crying in your beer along with 5.6 million other readers.

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Variety

At the same time, however, as the characters slowly get to know each other while Francesca watches Robert make his initial survey of a bridge, director Eastwood boldly shows that he is not afraid of dramatic silences punctuated only by the evocative whistle of the wind , the rustle of corn s...

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Star Pulse

Full Summary >> Cast: Clint Eastwood - (Robert Kincaid) Meryl Streep - (Francesca Johnson) A far better film than it really has any right to be, Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Robert James Waller's bestselling novel converts a breathlessly overwrought piece of writing into a moving melodrama in...

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