THE FOREVER BRIDGE
With eloquent prose and lush imagery, T. Greenwood creates a heartfelt story of reconciliation and forgiveness, and of the deep, often unexpected connections that can bring you home.
Sylvie can hardly bear to remember how normal her family was two years ago. All of that changed on the night an oncoming vehicle forced their car over the edge of a covered bridge into the river. With horrible swiftness, Sylvie’s young son was gone, her husband was permanently paralyzed, and she was left with shattering blame and grief.
Eleven-year-old Ruby misses her little brother, too. But she also misses the mother who has become a recluse in their old home while Ruby and her dad try to piece themselves back together. Amid all the uncertainty in her life, Ruby becomes obsessed with bridges, drawing inspiration from the strength and purpose that underlies their grace. During one momentous week, as Hurricane Irene bears down on their small Vermont town and a pregnant teenager with a devastating secret gradually draws Sylvie back into the world, Ruby and her mother will have a chance to span the gap between them again.
PRAISE FOR THE FOREVER BRIDGE
“Set against the backdrop of an impending hurricane, a mother, her young daughter, and a pregnant teen find themselves caught up in their own emotional storms fraught with loss, guilt, and shards of fractured families. Greenwood deftly captures the complicated and subtly volatile situations of these three women at three very different stages of their lives with sensitivity and a stark honesty that makes for a compelling read.”
—Tawni O'Dell, New York Times Bestselling author of Back Roads
“In The Forever Bridge, T. Greenwood adds another enticing, lyrical novel to her body of work. Greenwood’s facility in bringing fictional Quimby, Vermont to life—which she has now done in seven of her novels--is reminiscent of Faulkner's evocation of Yoknapatawpha County; a created place so thoughtfully rendered that it lives and breathes even when the book is closed.”
—Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet
“T. Greenwood delves into the pain of grief, the complex navigations of family in the throes of loss, and brings the reader to a place of hope and, yes, even joy.”
—Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and An Italian Wife
“Amidst a body of extraordinary work, T. Greenwood’s latest is her best. Set against the violent backdrop of Hurricane Irene, The Forever Bridge tells the affecting, evocative tale of three damaged women all fighting to find a road home. Written with acute humanity and depth, the beauty of the novel is in its complex story and, ultimately, its heartbreaking and redemptive end.”
—Michelle Gable, author of A Paris Apartment