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The Invisible Bridge (Paperback)

Author:  Julie Orringer
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 140003437X
ISBN-13: 9781400034376
Sku: 217161960
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.5T
Pages:  762
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Paris, 1937. Andras Levi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he promised to deliver. But when he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter''s recipient, he becomes privy to a secret that will alter the course of his--and his family''s--history. From the small Hungarian town of Konyar to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in labor camps, "The Invisible Bridge "tells the story of a family shattered and remade in history''s darkest hour.

Julie Orringer follows up her acclaimed short-story collection HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER with a sweeping historical tale about lives, loves, and personal ambitions devastated by the relentless events of history. Hungarian Jew Andras Levi travels to Paris in 1937 to study architecture where he begins a relationship with Claire Morgenstern, a much older ballet teacher with a secret past. As the Nazis sweep Europe, Levi's artistic and romantic dreams are cast aside, and he is forced back to Hungary and then into the concentration camps. Orringer is excellent at showing how human concerns such as family, careers, and friendship are warped by world events. THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE is an impressive and ambitious first novel from an author with the rare ability to grasp both the vast scope of history and the subtle nuances of the human heart. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.


"[S]tunning....Orringer's triumphant novel is as much a lucid reminder of a time not so far away as it is a luminous story about the redemptive power of love." (starred review) 02/01/2010

"[A]n astonishing achievement....Orringer's first a hugely ambitious undertaking, but she has every detail under control..." - Mary Ellen Quinn 03/15/2010

"[Orringer's] story develops without sentimentality or mawkishness, though it is full of grand emotions....Written with the big-picture view of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO or WINDS OF WAR-and likely to be one of the big books of the season." 04/01/2010

"[A] dazzling debut novel...[which] reaches...all the way back to the works of Tolstoy and Stendhal....[T]his stunning work manages to feel both original and part and parcel of the well-blazed tradition of historical novels that came before it." - Keith Staskiewicz 05/14/2010

"[T]he details are lavish - and Orringer's knowledge truly breathtaking - but the details are never superfluous....THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE needs every one of its 600 pages, and though the book comes to a natural enough stopping point, letting us know the fates, sorry or not, of all the members of Andras' extended family, I didn't want it to end." - Debra Spark 05/09/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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