Readers of Pulitzer-Prize winning author Richard Russo (EMPIRE FALLS) might do a double take when they see the title of his latest work, BRIDGE OF SIGHS. After all, Russo has earned his acclaim writing about contemporary life in small-town upstate New York. The Bridge of Sighs, located in Venice, Italy, is several thousand miles from his favorite haunts.
Constructed in the 16th century, the Bridge of Sighs crossed the Rio di Palazzo and connected the interrogation rooms of Venetian police with the prisons. In the 19th century Lord Byron gave the bridge its famous name by suggesting that inmates walking across the pathway to