The One-Way Bridge

Cathie Pelletier (Author)


"Cathie Pelletier is one of my favorite novelists, and she's at the top of her game with The One-Way Bridge."--Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone

In her highly anticipated new novel, acclaimed literary master Cathie Pelletier returns to Mattagash, Maine, the beloved New England town where it all started.

Welcome to Mattagash, the last town in the middle of the northern Maine wilderness. The road dead-ends here, but Mattagash's citizens are fiercely proud.

Yet this simple town connected by a single one-way bridge is anything but tranquil. While neighbors bicker publicly over trivialities such as offensive mailbox designs and gossip about suspicious newcomers, they privately struggle to navigate deeper issues--scandals, loss, failed ambitions, the scars of war...and a mysterious dead body in the woods.

With her trademark wit and keen eye for detail, Pelletier has assembled an unforgettable cast of endearing and eccentric characters, from scheming mailmen and peeping toms to lovesick waitresses and loggers whose underhandedness belies their ingenuity. The citizens of Mattagash will make you laugh and cheer for them as they stumble into one another's lives and strive to define themselves in a changing world that threatens to leave them behind.

The One-Way Bridge is an extraordinary portrait of family, loneliness, and community--and the kinds of compromises we all make in the name of love.

Praise for The One-Way Bridge:

"The One-Way Bridge is the novel Cathie Pelletier fans have long awaited. Her Mattagash, Maine, is one of the most fully realized fictional locales I've ever visited, it's geography as vivid and precise as any actual place, its citizens as real and compelling as our own friends and neighbors."--Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls

"In her new book, Cathie Pelletier's brilliantly drawn, true-to-life characters break your heart and make you laugh at the same time, a rare talent indeed."--Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf

Product Details

Price: $19.98
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Published Date: October 08, 2013
Pages: 373
Dimensions: 5.2 X 1.1 X 8.0 inches | 0.88 pounds
ISBN: 9781402287619
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About the Author

Cathie Pelletier was born and raised on the banks of the St. John River, at the end of the road in Northern Maine. She is the author of 11 other novels, including The Funeral Makers (NYTBR Notable Book), The Weight of Winter (winner of the New England Book Award) and Running the Bulls (winner of the Paterson Prize for Fiction). As K. C. McKinnon, she has written two novels, both of which became television films. After years of living in Nashville, Tennessee Toronto, Canada and Eastman, Quebec, she has returned to Allagash, Maine and the family homestead where she was born. She is at work on a new novel.


"Cathie does a wonderful job of capturing [her characters'] moods and loves and losses, and yearnings...Her writing is lovely and so descriptive" - Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books
"I loved [The "One-Way Bridge"]...[Pelletier's] characters, with all of their flaws and synchronicities, are all believable and lovable. I've looked forward to a new book by Cathie for some time and she hasn't disappointed with this one. " - Susan Porter, Maine Coast Book Shop
"Pelletier expertly jumps about her large cast, showing their external peculiarities and revealing their inner lives piece by piece until their actions shift from strange to unavoidable... Pelletier's fans and readers fond of quirky small town tales will enjoy the ride." - Publishers Weekly
""Pelletier's long-awaited addition to the tragicomic annals of fictional Mattagash, Maine, [The "One-Way Bridge" is] a welcome return for the author." " - Kirkus
"This is a lovely Southern small town story set in the North. By that I mean it has the usual ingredients of the small town, character driven Southern story where all the people are a bit quirky and have those hidden little family secrets that often slowly eek out into the story as a mystery or event takes place." - Dew on the Kudzu
This particular tale of two men coming to loggerheads on a one-way bridge isn't peculiar; it hums softly with authenticity and sincerity.
"The novel is quirky and delightfully eccentric with some truly comedic moments. " - BookN Around
"It's hilarious. If you go to Maine, you'll love it." - Danvers reads
"Pelletier writes about each of the characters' lives with a mixture of humor and gravity." - Bangor Daily News
"What really stood out in this story for me were the characters. They literally jump off the page. You feel like you know these people. Sharing their joyful moments, sometimes painful memories, their dreams, expectations, losses... This was the first novel I've read by Cathie Pelletier but it certainly won't be my last." - My Real Life Reviews
"The novel brings the Mattagash story into the current era. " - Portland Press Herald
"The author has a lyrical, almost musical way of describing things at times which is entirely enjoyable and a great credit to her writing ability. The descriptions were so rich and detailed, but not unnecessarily so that it was easy to picture each and everything described within." - Novels Escape