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Book Title: Mrs. Bridge|
Date of issue: 1981
ISBN 13: 9780865470569
The author of the book: Evan S. Connell
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 958 KB
Edition: North Point Press
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The wife of a successful lawyer in 1930s Kansas City, India Bridge, tries to cope with her dissatisfaction with an easy, though empty, life.
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.
Read information about the authorEvan S. Connell, over the last half century, has published nineteen books of fiction, poetry, and essays, several of which—including the best-sellers Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, and the erudite, anecdotal, and totally unique nonfiction book Son of the Morning Star—are American classics. I've admired his work for many years, since first reading Diary of a Rapist, and was happy for a chance to interview him for Bookforum. I was told he doesn't, as a matter of principle, use a computer, so e-mail was out of the question; and he would prefer not to be bothered with phone calls from journalists and strangers. So this interview proceeded the old-fashioned way, complete with cordial, almost formal introductory letters: via mail between my home in the mountains of Virginia and his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during late August and early September. Our dialogue—my half written on a laptop, his on a 1950s typewriter he uses to write all of his work—covered fiction, history, inspiration, his thoughts on the relationship between form and subject matter, America, hypocrisy, publishing, and writers he likes (but does not admire).
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