The One-way Bridge: A Novel

Hardcover | May 9, 2013

byCathie Pelletier

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If you liked Olive Kitteridge, you'll love The One-Way Bridge."-Lee Smith, author of The Last GirlsIn her highly anticipated new novel, acclaimed literary master Cathie Pelletier returns to Mattagash, Maine, the beloved New England town where it all started.Welcome to Mattagash, the last town in the middle of the northern Maine wilderness. The road dead-ends here, but Mattagash's citizens are fiercely proud.Yet this simple town connected by a single one-way bridge is anything but tranquil. While neighbors bicker publicly over trivialities such as offensive mailbox designs and gossip about suspicious newcomers, they privately struggle to navigate deeper issues-scandals, loss, failed ambitions, the scars of war? and a mysterious dead body in the woods.With her trademark wit and keen eye for detail, Pelletier has assembled an unforgettable cast of endearing and eccentric characters, from scheming mailmen and peeping toms to lovesick waitresses and loggers whose underhandedness belies their ingenuity. The citizens of Mattagash will make you laugh and cheer for them as they stumble into one another's lives and strive to define themselves in a changing world that threatens to leave them behind. The One-Way Bridge is an extraordinary portrait of family, loneliness, and community-and the kinds of compromises we all make in the name of love.Praise for The One-WayBridge:"Cathie Pelletier is one of my favorite novelists, and she's at the top of her game with The One-Way Bridge."-Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone"The One-Way Bridge is the novel Cathie Pelletier fans have long awaited. Her Mattagash, Maine, is one of the most fully realized fictional locales I've ever visited, it's geography as vivid and precise as any actual place, its citizens as real and compelling as our own friends and neighbors."-Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls"In her new book, Cathie Pelletier's brilliantly drawn, true-to-life characters break your heart and make you laugh at the same time, a rare talent indeed."-Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe"

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If you liked Olive Kitteridge, you'll love The One-Way Bridge."-Lee Smith, author of The Last GirlsIn her highly anticipated new novel, acclaimed literary master Cathie Pelletier returns to Mattagash, Maine, the beloved New England town where it all started.Welcome to Mattagash, the last town in the middle of the northern Maine wild...

Cathie Pelletier was born and raised on the banks of the St. John River, at the end of the road in Northern Maine. She is the author of 11 other novels, including The Funeral Makers (NYTBR Notable Book), The Weight of Winter (winner of the New England Book Award) and Running the Bulls (winner of the Paterson Prize for Fiction). As K. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.4 × 6.59 × 1.09 inPublished:May 9, 2013Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1402280734

ISBN - 13:9781402280733

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"I have just finished reading The One-Way Bridge by Cathie Pelletier. I loved it. Her characters, with all of their flaws and synchronicities, are all believable and lovable. I've looked forward to a new book by Cathie for some time and she hasn't disappointed with this one. Can't wait to pass it around to others in the book shop for their reactions. I am looking forward to selling this original, touching book!"-Susan Porter, Maine Coast Book Shop"Here's great news for readers: Cathie Pelletier has  driven the pickup back to Mattagash, the New England outpost of her wild and fertile imagination, and she's invited us to ride shotgun. How does Pelletier do it? How does she manage to satirize the feisty folk of this rural Maine village and simultaneously to make us care so deeply about them? Cathie Pelletier is one of my favorite novelists, and she's at the top of her game with The One-Way Bridge."-Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone "In her new book, Cathie Pelletier's brilliantly drawn, true-to-life characters break your heart and make you laugh at the same time, a rare talent indeed." - Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes "The One-Way Bridge is the novel Cathie Pelletier fans have long awaited.  Her Mattagash, Maine, is one of the most fully realized fictional locales I've ever visited, its geography as vivid and precise as any actual place, its citizens as real and compelling as our own friends and neighbors." - Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls "The One-Way Bridge is a striking novel, both humorous and elegant.  Although set in a small town, its concerns reach across the vastness of North America and into the jungles of Viet Nam.  It is about change and pain and the legacy of history, an elegant testimony to its place and time.  The writing is lyrical and intense.  The characters and landscape are presented with the sure hand of an established author.  It's a splendid novel."- Alistair Macleod, author of No Great Mischief and Island "Cathie Pelletier can conjure up an entire town full of people that are both hilarious and wonderful.  The cast is all there: mailmen and schoolteachers, sheriffs and hairdressers, loggers and lovers, dreamers and peeping Toms, winners and losers.  You may laugh aloud, but inwardly you are forever urging them all on to success and happiness.  This novel is lyrical and charming." - Chuck Barris, author of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"Cathie Pelletier's The One-Way Bridge is elegantly wrought, and the characters are finely drawn, and yet all of them and everything in this story surges with life in its full wildness and messiness. The way these people are inextricable from each other, and from their landscape and collective history, makes this novel both profoundly universal and meticulously specific. Oh, and it's also very funny, sometimes quite darkly so, sort of like the Coen brothers, if they'd grown up in northern Maine. You will remember this book for a long time, and you will be very glad to have read it."-Matthew Sharp, author of Jamestown