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Russo, Richard. BRIDGE OF SIGHS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 528 pages. As New/As New.

The author's sixth novel. Now considered a contemproary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. His first novel since the magnificent "Empire Falls", Richard Russo is now firmly established as the "patron saint of small-town fiction, and with his new novel, he has produced his most American story. Once again he places us in a finely drawn community that is unable to adjust to economic changes, and with insight and sensitivity he describes ordinary people struggling to get by. But more than ever before, Russo ties this novel to the oldest preoccupations of our national consciousness by focusing on the nature of optimism and the limits of self-invention. This is the narrative of our family, its small and significant journeys, the American tale. No other modern author has defined the 'small' with such passion" (The Washington Post). Russo is not lamenting but rooting for small-town America and its values of community, caring, and continuity, for a vanishing way of life, in other words, that he believes America needs now more than ever: "Some people, upon learning how we've lived our lives, are unable to conceal their chagrin on our behalf, that our lives should be so limited, as if experience so geographically circumscribed could be neither rich nor satisfying". Jane Jacobs, the greatest urban planner/thinker of the 20th century, would have fought for his characters and his places if she were still alive (it is believed that the small town will be gone by the end of the 21st century). What does community offer as a necessary and irreplaceable consolation? "We will leave this small, good world behind us with the comfort of knowing it'll be here when we return" (Richard Russo). It is, in the end, Russo's largeness of vision, his concern for the very survival of humanity, that makes his deceptive focus on the small so insightful, so relevant, and so moving. A "must-have" title for Richard Russo collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Richard Russo. This title will become as collectible as Russo's other titles. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for "Empire Falls". One of the greatest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD RUSSO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375414959. $50.00

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