Julie Orringer’s astonishing first novel—eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story
collection, How to Breathe Underwater (“Fiercely beautiful”—The New York Times)—is a grand love story and an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are torn apart by war.
Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C. Morgenstern on the rue de Sévigné. As he becomes involved with the letter’s recipient, his elder brother takes up medical studies in Modena, their younger brother leaves school for the stage—and Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends each of their lives into terrifying uncertainty. From the Hungarian village of Konyár to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the lonely chill of Andras’s garret to the enduring passion he discovers on the rue de Sévigné, from the despair of a Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labor camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the unforgettable story of brothers bound by history and love, of a marriage tested by disaster, of a Jewish family’s struggle against annihilation, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.
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 ****** 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.
- Fiction + Literature Themes
- Love + Relationships + Sex, Education, Historical Fiction, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Peoples + Cultures, Society + Social Issues, War + Military
- May 4, 2010
- May 4, 2010
- Julie Orringer