Review: And The Bridge is Love by David Biro

☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Every week for twenty years, three friends meet in a leafy enclosure under the Verrazzano Bridge: Gertie, a feisty Norwegian divorcée and former athlete; Maria, a family-obsessed Italian American widow; and Corinna, a book-loving, hash-smoking eccentric. Together they sit and watch the sea as the ships—and the last years of their lives—sail by. On the eve of Gertie’s eightieth birthday, they realize that time is running out. Gertie decides she wants to travel the world. Maria secretly plots to reunite Gertie and Corinna with their estranged families. And Corinna falls in love.

As the three women strike out in different directions, a series of events unfolds that threatens to destroy the most precious thing of all: their friendship. Heartfelt and humorous, And the Bridge Is Love invites readers to travel alongside these dynamic women in this inspiring novel about love, family, and forgiveness.



My Thoughts:

I love the double entendre of the title of David Biro’s second novel, And the Bridge is Love.  This character driven novel is about friendship, love and longevity…the longevity of friendship and of one’s life.  I loved the idea of a book celebrating mature women and their friendship, and to some degree I got what I was looking for.

The three ladies meet by chance at a park overlooking the Verrazzano Bridge.  Although they are very different, they find a base of similarity and form a long-term friendship.  The fierce, independent women have regrets that impact them daily.  As their differences and unspoken wishes come to a head, they find their friendship at risk.

I enjoyed this book with its complicated relationships and hard felt consequences.  The three women, their trials and triumphs, and most of all their friendship made And The Bridge is Love a worthy read.

About the Author: David Biro is a doctor and a writer. He practices in Bay Ridge and is a Professor of Dermatology and the Medical Humanities at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY.

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