Charlotte's Bridge - David L. Spruance Reviews
Description:ISBN 0595336868 / Author: David L. Spruance / Genre: Fiction / Charlotte's Bridge tells the story of a girl's coming of age at the turn of the last century whose life is haunted by two images: One, the conjured, idyllic face of her mother who died giving birth to Charlotte; ... more
Charlotte's Bridge - David L. Spruance ... the other, the body, encased in a block of ice, of a man murdered by her father and half brothers. Against a backdrop in which constant changes produce coincidentally marvelous and frightening experiences, Charlotte Hutchison escapes the sordid, hostile, and criminal world of her childhood to create a life among the civilized people of the town acros is the river from her natal home. Pursuing what she believes is the purity of her mother's legacy and desperately seeking to sever the present from her past through acceptance and love, Charlotte clutches at stability, security, and respectability. Yet a dark secret plagues her, compromising her ideals and engendering ambivalence towards her friends, her marriage, motherhood, and ultimately her religion. Each reaction, each choice, each step she takes towards the fulfillment of her dreams ironically generates doubts and trials challenging her faith in her worthiness and leaving her with a tenuous and precarious grasp on reality.
Newest Review: ... part of the story, which I think sums up Charlotte’s luck perfectly, is during her first pregnancy. After the initial shock ... more
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by - written on 24/09/06 (Very useful, 130 readings)
Charlotte Hutchison was born into utter poverty on ‘the wrong side of the river’ back at the turn of the last century. Her mother had died while giving birth to her and left her to be brought up by a horde of rough alcoholic brothers, and an equally rough and alcoholic father. The only way of getting to school was by using the boat her father and brothers hired out to take townsfolk across the river and into Town, although they held Charlotte in so much scorn that they often didn’t bother to pick her up in the evening and she’d have to bed down at a kind Samaritans house ready to go back to school tomorrow. Of course, when the river froze over there wasn’t ... Read the complete review
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