The Invisible Bridge (Paperback)
|Author: Julie Orringer|
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.