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Mrs. Bridge

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In Mrs. Bridge, Evan Connell creates a portrait using the tesserae of everyday events and confrontations. Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development beneath. Mrs. Bridge recedes more and more into doubt and confusion as her three children and husband become more remote and silent. The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to deflect any possible spark of conversation. A fly caught unawares in amber for eternity is no more immobilized and ...
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Overview

In Mrs. Bridge, Evan Connell creates a portrait using the tesserae of everyday events and confrontations. Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development beneath. Mrs. Bridge recedes more and more into doubt and confusion as her three children and husband become more remote and silent. The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to deflect any possible spark of conversation. A fly caught unawares in amber for eternity is no more immobilized and exposed than Mrs. Bridge, trapped in her garage as her novel ends.

Set in Kansas City in the 1930s this companion volume to Mr. Bridge offers stunning portrayals of the lives of "solid citizens" of modern American society.

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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.
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“Mr. Connell writes of this woman without patronage, without snickers, without, indeed, any comment whatever on what he sets down of her life. He tells her story, less in sketches than in paragraphs, and how it is done I only wish I knew, but he makes Mrs. Bridge, her husband and her children and her neighbors understandable and, because understandable, moving, in his few taut words.” —Dorothy Parker, Esquire

“Mrs. Bridge is a hell of a portrait . . . She’s as real and as pathetic and as sad as any character I have read in a long time.” —Wallace Stegner

“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.” —The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781179671833
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,095,396
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Amazing Writing Style

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    modern American classics

    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.

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