The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
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Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he promised to deliver. But when he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter's recipient, he becomes privy to a secret that will alter the course of his—and his family’s—history. From the small Hungarian town of Konyár to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in labor camps, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a family shattered and remade in history’s darkest hour.




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About Julie Orringer

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Julie Orringer is the author of the award-winning short-story collection How to Breathe Underwater, which was a New York Times Notable Book. She is the winner of The Paris Review's Discovery Prize and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Stanford University, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is researching a new novel.
 
Published April 2, 2010 by Vintage. 786 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Julie Orringer’s novel tells the evocative, coincidence-strewn story of Andras Levi, a young Hungarian Jew who travels to Paris in 1937 to study architecture.

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The New York Times

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This novel of family secrets, set in Hungary in the time of the Nazis, examines the less tangible costs of war.

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The Guardian

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Always a dozen adjectives are used when one – or none – would do, as when Tibor and Andras visit the Louvre, "taking in the velvet-brown shadows of Rembrandt and the frivolous curlicues of Fragonard and the muscular curves of the classical marbles".

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BC Books

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With her 2003 debut collection of short stories, How to Breathe Underwater, Julie Orringer established herself as a young writer to watch.

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Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge follows a Hungarian couple enjoying a Parisian romance when the Nazi rise to power forces them back to their homeland. Reviewer Michael Schaub says that Orringer, who wrote the short story collection How to Breathe Underwater, has written a first novel that i...

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Examiner

Hitler’s war ensues and Andras and his three brothers are forced to work in labor camps, leaving their families to fend for themselves.

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AV Club

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In a rare moment of respite, as Andras lies beside Klara at night, he dreams again of buildings, “one in a long line of imaginary houses he had built since they had been together… those ghostly blueprints of a life they had not yet lived and might never live.” In this book are souls, living peopl...

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Los Angeles Times

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The author's stunning first novel of three brothers also tells the story of Hungarian Jews during World War II.

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Entertainment Weekly

Sebald, but her tale of war-torn Europe reaches back past his work, past the literature of the 1930s and 1940s — the era in which her story is set — all the way back to the works of Tolstoy and Stendhal.

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Christian Science Monitor

From Paris to Hungary, this epic novel follows the fates of a pair of lovers and their families as World War II sweeps across Europe.

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Dallas News

Julie Orringer's fine first novel, The Invisible Bridge, shows that her stunning book of short stories, How to Breathe Underwater, was definitely not beginner's luck.

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Oregon Live

Julie Orringer, author of the 2003 national best-seller "How to Breathe Underwater," traveled to Paris for the first time 10 years ago.

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Oprah.com

An old-fashioned romantic drama, Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge is as rich in historical detail as it is human in its cast of sympathetic characters.

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Oprah.com

Despite the clearly imminent doom, Orringer keeps these chapters surprisingly buoyant: Andras works for one subversive newspaper after another in the labor camps (a sports section covers "wheelbarrow-pushing, snow-shoveling, and tree-felling"), and is saved from certain death by a pair of officers.

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The New Yorker

Andras Lévi arrives in Paris from Budapest in the fall of 1937 to study architecture at the École Spéciale without knowing a word of French.

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Chicago Tribune

When a novel begins with Jewish characters in late 1930s Europe, there is an excellent chance that one road — train tracks, actually — will lead to Auschwitz, as almost inevitably occurs in Julie Orringer’s “The Invisible Bridge.” Although the element of surprise is attenuated (we know from the o...

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