Complicated Marriages

"Mrs. Bridge" by Evan S. Connell


Most readers by now have heard about Gillian Flynn's huge bestseller "Gone Girl," in which the bizarre story of a difficult marriage is told from wildly different perspectives. In this suspenseful page-turner, readers hear from Nick in the days following his wife's disappearance and from his wife Amy's diaries. The novel has many twists and turns, and Flynn uses the multiple voices effectively.

If you enjoy reading stories that cover the same ground from different points of view, may I suggest the less sensational, more nuanced, portrait of marriage in Evan S. Connell's outstanding books "Mrs. Bridge" and "Mr. Bridge." The novels, published in 1959 and 1969, present a melancholy picture of a conventional couple raising a family in suburban Kansas City in the first half of the twentieth century.

Connell, who died in January, is also known for his bestselling biography of General George A. Custer "Son of the Morning Star."

--Jennifer A., Headquarters

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