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The Other Side of the Bridge | [Mary Lawson]

The Other Side of the Bridge

Arthur and Jake are the sons of a farmer in the mid-1930s, when life is tough and another world war is looming. Arthur is solid and dutiful, set to inherit the farm and his father's character; Jake is younger, attractive, mercurial and dangerous to know.
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Arthur and Jake are the sons of a farmer in the mid-1930s, when life is tough and another world war is looming. Arthur is solid and dutiful, set to inherit the farm and his father's character; Jake is younger, attractive, mercurial and dangerous to know. A young woman, Laura, comes into the community and tips the fragile balance of sibling rivalry over the edge... And then there is Ian, son of the local doctor, thoughtful, idealistic, and far too sure that he knows the difference between right and wrong. By now it is the 50s, and the world has changed - a little, but not enough...

©2006 Mary Lawson; (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC

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  • Anushka
    BRIGHTON, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    9/28/09
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    "Characters in Canada you have to care about ..."

    Moving beautifully between the 30's and the 50s, this story has a depth and breadth that one might not anticipate when reading the brief story description. We hear about the stoicism of parents, of angst and hopes of boys as they grow into men and the impact of World World II on this community. In an almost hypnotic way, Paul Hecht's voice and narration talents brings the individuals to life drawing you in like a fish on a line. The tale evolves and at the end, after heart-breaking tragedy, times of gentle humour and poignant tenderness, you are left satisfyingly content with the balance of it all.

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