The One-Way Bridge (Paperback)

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The One Way Bridge by Cathie Pelletier is fun to read. Mattagash Maine is remote, very cold, and populated by a quirky assortment of endearing characters, it is a great place to spend some time. Orville Craft, the local mailman, has a tendency to take himself a mite too seriously.  He has an ongoing feud with Harry Plunkett over the unusual nature of Harry’s mailbox.  Edna is in the throes of a little midlife readjustment.  And the whole town is wondering what will happen to the new guy, Billy Thunder, when winter hits and his little rented trailer turns into an impromptu ice box. This small town seems to be filled with unique, rugged individuals with interesting stories to tell.  These characters and more will charm and amuse.  This is one of those books you just feel good reading.


— Deon Stonehouse


"Cathie Pelletier is one of my favorite novelists, and she's at the top of her game with The One-Way Bridge."--Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone

In her highly anticipated new novel, acclaimed literary master Cathie Pelletier returns to Mattagash, Maine, the beloved New England town where it all started.

Welcome to Mattagash, the last town in the middle of the northern Maine wilderness. The road dead-ends here, but Mattagash's citizens are fiercely proud.

Yet this simple town connected by a single one-way bridge is anything but tranquil. While neighbors bicker publicly over trivialities such as offensive mailbox designs and gossip about suspicious newcomers, they privately struggle to navigate deeper issues--scandals, loss, failed ambitions, the scars of war...and a mysterious dead body in the woods.

With her trademark wit and keen eye for detail, Pelletier has assembled an unforgettable cast of endearing and eccentric characters, from scheming mailmen and peeping toms to lovesick waitresses and loggers whose underhandedness belies their ingenuity. The citizens of Mattagash will make you laugh and cheer for them as they stumble into one another's lives and strive to define themselves in a changing world that threatens to leave them behind.

The One-Way Bridge is an extraordinary portrait of family, loneliness, and community--and the kinds of compromises we all make in the name of love.

Praise for The One-Way Bridge:

"The One-Way Bridge is the novel Cathie Pelletier fans have long awaited. Her Mattagash, Maine, is one of the most fully realized fictional locales I've ever visited, it's geography as vivid and precise as any actual place, its citizens as real and compelling as our own friends and neighbors."--Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls

"In her new book, Cathie Pelletier's brilliantly drawn, true-to-life characters break your heart and make you laugh at the same time, a rare talent indeed."--Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf

Product Details
ISBN: 9781402287619
ISBN-10: 1402287615
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: October 8th, 2013
Pages: 373
Language: English