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A Thousand Country Roads: An Epilogue to the Bridges of Madison County

A Thousand Country Roads: An Epilogue to the Bridges of Madison County

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In this poignant epilogue to his bestselling "The Bridges of Madison County, " Waller tells the remainder of the story of photographer Robert Kincaid and farmer's wife Francesca Johnson. Hardy Publishing.

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In this poignant epilogue to his bestselling "The Bridges of Madison County, " Waller tells the remainder of the story of photographer Robert Kincaid and farmer's wife Francesca Johnson. Hardy Publishing.

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Rochelle O'Gorman
Ten years after the publication of The Bridges of Madison County, which in 1995 beat out Gone With the Wind as the bestselling hardcover novel of all time, Waller returns with an "epilogue" that details the last years of star-crossed lovers Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. Narrated by Jim Bond, the book picks up sixteen years after the couple's last meeting, when Francesca is a widow and Robert, whose health is failing, decides to take one last road trip. During the course of his fateful journey, Robert unearths a secret that changes the remainder of his life.
Library Journal
Waller continues his paean to adultery (it's okay if you're bored with your marriage and really love the other person) in this epilog to The Bridges of Madison County. We pick up the ever-introspective, self-consciously sensitive Robert Kincaid in his twilight years as he is beginning to feel his age and he finds himself alone with only his memories, his dog, and an ever-increasing number of chest pains. He longs for Francesca Johnson and the Roseman Bridge, but of course he's just too noble or stupid to pick up the phone and give her a jingle. So...he begins a winding journey through California, Oregon, the Dakotas, and finally into Iowa in his old beat-up green truck. After a series of hilarious coincidences, he discovers that he isn't as alone as he thought. Waller is a gifted writer in many ways, with a deft turn of phrase and a keen sense of setting. Narrator Jim Bond does a good job with this poignant story, but while the tale itself deals with the powerful subjects of love, aging, loneliness, and death, it is rather slight. Be warned that the overt sentimentality will either make you cry or gag, depending on your mindset. Guardedly recommended for libraries where Bridges was popular, i.e., all libraries.-Barbara A. Perkins, Irving P.L., TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446613064
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
04/17/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
212
Sales rank:
179,968
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.56(d)

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In the cabin Robert Kincaid took a knapsack from its place on the closet shelf and grabbed a scarred Gitzo tripod leaning against the back closet wall, behind the four shirts hanging there. Scrounging around on the closet floor, he found a black wool turtleneck sweater he had bought in Ireland years ago and draped the sweater over the Gitzo. His photographer's vest swung from a hanger. He took it down and slipped into it. From the kitchen cupboard, he loaded cameras and accessories into the knapsack, neatly packing each in its place. He still had forty-three rolls of Tri-X black-and-white film in a drawer, the rolls scattered over the face of a plaque from a prestigious photography magazine: TO ROBERT L. KINCAID

IN RECOGNITION
OF A LIFETIME OF EXCELLENCE
IN THE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
Animus non integritatem sed facinus cupit The heart wills not purity but adventure

He scooped the film into a plastic grocery bag, looked around, slung the tripod and sweater over one shoulder and the knapsack over the other. Locking the cabin, he was careful not to let the screen door slam as he closed it. Back in the truck. "Ready, dog?" he asked and started the engine. "Let's go see what we might have missed along the way."


Meet the Author

Robert James Waller is a writer, photographer, and musician. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers, The Bridges of Madison County and A Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend. Born in England, and educated at Oxford, Waller now lives in Texas.

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