Evan S. Connell
A brilliant, devastating, tragicomic portrait of an affluent housewife, introduced by Joshua Ferris
Mrs Bridge, an unremarkable American housewife, has three children and a kindly lawyer husband. And yet, despite her life of comfort and ease, she finds the modern world increasingly baffling and sometimes has the vague disquieting sensation that all is not well. In a series of comic, telling vignettes, Evan S. Connell illuminates the narrow morality, confusion and even terror at the heart of a life of plenty. Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, Mrs Bridge deserves its place as a classic of American fiction.
'How it is done I only wish I knew' Dorothy Parker, Esquire'For all their satire and dark implications, the novels of the Bridge family remain in the memory as triumphs of faultless realism. Mr. Connell's art is one of restraint and perfect mimicry' The New York Times'It is very, very funny, often moving and sad, and written with an uncompromising realism that one rarely comes across. To me the Bridges were a revelation: I cannot recommend them too highly' Daily Telegraph
Evan S. Connell was born in Kansas City in 1924. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1947 with a B.A. in English, before going on to study creative writing. In 2009, he was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement, and in 2010, he was awarded a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Connell has written many novels over his lifetime, as well as poetry and short stories. He now lives in New Mexico.Joshua Ferris was born in Chicago in 1975. His first novel, Then We Came to the End (2007), won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, was a National Book Award Finalist and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, is The Unnamed (2010), and his fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Tin House, among other publications. He lives in New York.