The One-way Bridge

The One-way Bridge

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Neighbors in the fictional small town of Mattagash, Maine, quibble over trivialities in public but privately struggle with issues ranging from scandal and failed ambitions to war flashbacks and marriage troubles.

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"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 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-Way Bridge:

"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 Café

Now in paperback, the highly anticipated novel from beloved literary master Cathie Pelletier

Cathie Pelletier draws readers back to the beloved town of Mattagash, a seemingly quiet New England outpost in northern Maine. Yet Mattagash is anything but tranquil. While the people bicker publicly over small-town theft or their neighbors offensive mailboxes, they privately struggle through deeper life issues: scandal, loss, failed ambitions and the scars of war.

Reaching across the vastness of America and into the jungles of Vietnam, The One-Way Bridge is an unforgettable portrait of loneliness, family and community—and the kinds of changes we make for love.

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, c2013
ISBN: 9781402287619
Branch Call Number: FIC Pelle
Characteristics: 373 p. : map


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Sep 10, 2013

In this book you will meet many of the quirky characters living in Mattagash Maine and follow a week in their lives.This book is cute and amusing but underneath the antics there are some real issues being dealt with and you will find yourself routing for the characters.

madison382 Jun 06, 2013

This is the first time I have ever read anything written by Cathie Pelletier, and I will definitely be looking for other novels by her, I found her to a very entertaining writer, there were moments in this nove where I could not stop laughing.

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