Mrs. Bridge

Mrs. Bridge

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by Connell
     
 

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Before Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique there was Mrs. Bridge, an inspired novel set in the years around World War II that testified to the sapping ennui of an unexamined suburban life. India Bridge, the title character, has three children and a meticulous workaholic husband. She defends her dainty, untouched guest towels from son Douglas, who…  See more details below

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Before Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique there was Mrs. Bridge, an inspired novel set in the years around World War II that testified to the sapping ennui of an unexamined suburban life. India Bridge, the title character, has three children and a meticulous workaholic husband. She defends her dainty, untouched guest towels from son Douglas, who has the gall to dry his hands on one, and earnestly attempts to control her daughters with pronouncements such as "Now see here, young lady ... in the morning one doesn't wear earrings that dangle." Though her life is increasingly filled with leisure and plenty, she can't shuffle off vague feelings of dissatisfaction, confusion, and futility. Evan S. Connell, who also wrote the twinned novel Mr. Bridge, builds a world with tiny brushstrokes and short, telling vignettes.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
For all their satire and dark implications, the novels of the Bridge family remain in the memory as triumphs of faultless realism. Mr. Connell's art is one of restraint and perfect mimicry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865470569
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/01/1990
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.71(d)

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Johathan Yardley
The reissue of these classic American novels is an event to be celebrated.... Mr. and Mrs. Bridge are forever human, forever vulnerable, forever pitiable. In spare, whimsical, ironic prose, Connell exposes each and every one of their wrinkles and then, in the end, offers them to us as human beings to be cherished."
Wallace Stegner
A hell of a portrait.

Meet the Author

Evan Connell's other novels include Mr. Bridge, The Diary of a Rapist, and The Connoisseur. He has also written short stories, collected in Saint Augustine's Pigeon, book-length poems (Notes From a Bottle Found On the Beach at Carmel and Points for a Compass Rose) and nonfiction (most recently the best-selling Son of the Morning Star). All of these titles are available from North Point Press.

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Mrs. Bridge 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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This book is like no other you will read. It is NOT a happy book. The book portrays the life and thoughts of a very rich family post WW2. The man and wife are unhappy and the woman, who is quite old fashioned, does not recognize her own children and their strange behaviors. It is quite sad that the material good don't make them happy and that the wife cannot even relate to her own children. This story still rings true today. Just subsitute a big SUV instead of a Lincoln. People today still try to buy happiness with money and like the book and like in real life, that does not work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both Mrs Bridge and Mr Bridge are perhaps the finest American novels written since WWII. The minimalist prose and the insights into human nature reach to the Maugham level.