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Bridge of sighs
Richard Russo
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Novelist and screenwriter Richard Russo was born in Johnstown, New York on July 15, 1949. He received a Bachelor's degree, a Master of Fine Arts degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Arizona. He taught at numerous colleges including Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Colby College. He has written numerous books including Mokawk, The Risk Pool, Straight Man, Bridge of Sighs, and That Old Cape Magic, as well as a short story collection, The Whore's Child. His novel Empire Falls won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Nobody's Fool was made into a movie starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith. He also co-wrote the 1998 film Twilight with director Robert Benton and the teleplay for the HBO adaptation of Empire Falls. (Bowker Author Biography) Richard Russo lives in coastal Maine with his wife & two daughters. (Publisher Fact Sheets)

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main characters Louis Charles "Lucy" Lynch
Age: 60
Married forty years to Sarah; optimist; father is a milkman; mother runs a chain of convenience stores; planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy; writing a history of his family and hometown.

Sarah Berg
Married forty years to Louis; in love with her husband and Bobby; father is a schoolteacher with grandiose dreams and a scandal in his past; mother lives a far from exemplary life in Long Island.

Bobby Marconi
Tormented; Louis's friend; father is abusive; exiled himself in Italy; renowned painter.

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