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The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
  

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One of the 20 Longlisted titles for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.

On the eve of World War II, two Hungarians meet in Paris and fall in love. But past secrets and the approaching conflict test their devotion to the limit. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer is atmospheric and masterfully told.

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The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

In September 1937 Andras, a young Hungarian student, leaves his family and heads for Paris on a scholarship to study architecture. Before he sets off he is given a mysterious letter to post on arrival in Paris. It is addressed to an Hungarian woman and no reason is given why it cannot be posted from Budapest. When Andras arrives in Paris he becomes vitally aware of his poverty, particularly when he enters the home of a richer Hungarian emigre Klara Morgenstern. She is a young widowed woman, and he finds himself falling in love with her. As they begin to meet regularly it is clear that Klara is hiding a terrifying secret, related to the mysterious letter that Andras posted on arrival, which means she is trapped in Paris as war looms closer. And, as Andras and his fellow students' lives become ever more vulnerable in the shadow of war, the group must shatter in order to survive. Andras is forced home to a labour camp, his brother disappears and Klara risks everything to return to Hungary to be close to her lover.

About the Author

Julie Orringer was born in Florida in 1973. She received the Paris Review's Discovery Prize, and her collection of stories How to Breathe Underwater was a New York Times Notable Book.

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Publication date

1st July 2010

Author

Julie Orringer

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Publisher

Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780670914586

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