Bridge of Sighs

Version: Unabridged
Author: Richard Russo
Narrator: Arthur Morey
Genres: Literature
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published In: September 2007
# of Units: 21 CDs
Length: 24 hours
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Six years after the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize—winning Empire Falls, Richard Russo returns with a novel that expands even further his widely heralded achievement.
Louis Charles (“Lucy”) Lynch has spent all his sixty years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for forty of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he’s had plenty of reasons not to be–chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive. Yet it was her shrewdness, combined with that Lynch optimism, that had propelled them years ago to the right side of the tracks and created an “empire” of convenience stores about to be passed on to the next generation.
Lucy and Sarah are also preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy, where his oldest friend, a renowned painter, has exiled himself far from anything they’d known in childhood. In fact, the exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the “history” he’s writing of his hometown and family. And with his story interspersed with that of Noonan, the native son who’d fled so long ago, the destinies building up around both of them (and Sarah, too) are relentless, constantly surprising, and utterly revealing.

Reviews (2)


Written by Anonymous on August 19th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I like some of his other books (Nobody's Fool), but this one perseverates so much on whiny, neurotic, self-absorbed characters, it's a chore to get through. Too sentimental. Too convenient. Much too long.


Written by Anonymous on October 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book would have benefited from serious editing. By the middle, I just wanted it to be over!

Author Details

Author Details

Russo, Richard

"Around 1387 Chaucer began his master work, The Canterbury Tales. This lengthy poem, which weighs in at an impressive 17,000 lines, was never finished. It tells the tale of a group of pilgrims journeying from London to the shrine of Thomas … Becket at Canterbury. To pass the time on their trip, they tell each other stories."