Mrs. Bridge is a finely told story – one that feels timeless - in Evan Connell’s description of the life of a “Country-Club Matron” in the middle of the twenty century in the middle of the country. It is a life of privilege but with little sense of purpose – though the latter is not emphasized. The writer is strangely sympathetic to his subject – allowing her to be – presenting her to us as best he is able – and letting us judge her – and judge it seems we must – without being harsh.
Post Script: I have ended up writing about the integrity (or lack thereof) of the psychology profession in a series of three pieces about psychology and torture which can be accessed here, here, and here. I also wrote about Harper Lee's version of integrity in Go Set A Watchman.
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