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The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
  

The Other Side of the Bridge

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Synopsis

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson

Two brothers, Arthur and Jake, are the sons of a local farmer in the mid-1930s, when life is tough and another world war is looming. Arthur is reticent, solid, dutiful, set to inherit the farm and his father’s character; Jake is younger, attractive, mercurial and dangerous to know. A young woman, Laura, comes into the community and tips the fragile balance of sibling rivalry over the edge…

And then there is Ian, son of the local doctor, much younger, thoughtful, idealistic, and far too sure that he knows the difference between right and wrong. By now it is the Fifties, and the world has changed – a little, but not enough.

The stories of these two generations in the small town of Struan and its harsh rural hinterland are tragically interlocked, linked by fate and community but separated by a war which devours its young men and whose unimaginable horror reaches right into the heart of this remote corner of an empire. Lawson has an astonishing ability to turn the ratchet of tension slowly and delicately, building to a shocking climax. Taut with apprehension, surprising the reader with moments of tenderness and humour, The Other Side of the Bridge is a compelling, humane and vividly evoked novel with an irresistible emotional undertow.


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A beautiful read, on every level * Independent on Sunday * Like the great 19th-century novelists of provincial life, Mary Lawson is fluent in the desperate intensity of the small, individual dramas of respectable people - and she paints an eloquent picture * Sunday Telegraph * Evokes beautifully the big joys and sorrows of most people, no matter how small their town * The Times * Discreetly powerful * Daily Telegraph * This is a fine book - an enthralling read, both straightforward and wonderfully intricate * Guardian *


About the Author

Mary Lawson
Mary Lawson was born and brought up in a farming community in Ontario. A distant relative of L.M.Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, she came to England in 1968, is married with two grown-up sons and lives in Surrey.

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Publication date

21st June 2007

Author

Mary Lawson

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099437260

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