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THE BRIDGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

. . . is a storm-tossed mood piece. Fourteen year old Tsena and her grandfather live in simple seclusion on their beloved Coosawah Island (Georgia). But the coming of the big bridge to connect the mainland and the island brought new value to their land. Then Uncle Tom Hinssey and his wife Emmy, a whining malcontent, pressured the old man to sell his land and his fishing boats. Tsena and her grandfather thwarted his plans when a hurricane struck and despite it they saved the fishing fleet. Evaline Ness, the illustrator, intensifies this maelstrom of wills, by superimposing biting linear images of youth and old age over scumbled, impasto applications of olive green and gray. Thus she achieves telling effects; the contrast of adolescence and its poignancy against the decay of an old house the turbulence of the storm and the serene affinity of the child and her grandfather. Delicate, dramatic and perceptive -- this very brief little story appeared earlier in The Saturday Evening Post.

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 1957
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin