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Title:
A thousand country roads : an epilogue to The bridges of Madison County
Author:
Waller, Robert James, 1939-2017.
Edition:
Trade edition.
Publication Information:
Houston, TX : John M. Hardy Publishing, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
[iii], 181 pages ; 20 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780971766716
Format :
Book

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A special edition, in slipcase, limited to 1500 copies, numbered and signed by the author.


Author Notes

Robert James Waller was born in Charles City, Iowa on August 1, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree in business education in 1962 and a master's degree in education in 1964 from the State College of Iowa and a doctorate of business administration in finance in 1968 from Indiana University's school of business. He taught management and economics starting in 1967 at the University of Northern Iowa and was appointed dean of its business school in 1980.

While teaching, he began writing travel and nature essays for The Des Moines Register's Sunday edition. These were collected in Just Beyond the Firelight: Stories and Essays and One Good Road Is Enough. He took an unpaid leave of absence from teaching in 1990 and obtained a $200,000 grant from the state to study the future of the region. His report, Iowa: Perspectives on Today and Tomorrow, was published in 1991.

His first novel, The Bridges of Madison County, was published in 1992. It was adapted into a film in 1995 starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and as a Broadway musical in 2014. His other novels included Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze: The Run for el Norte, Border Music, A Thousand Country Roads: An Epilogue to The Bridges of Madison County, High Plains Tango, and The Long Night of Winchell Dear. He also recorded an album entitled The Ballads of Madison County. He died from multiple myeloma on March 10, 2017 at the age of 77.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

Waller continues his paean to adultery (it's okay if you're bored with your marriage and really love the other person) in this epilog to The Bridges of Madison County. We pick up the ever-introspective, self-consciously sensitive Robert Kincaid in his twilight years as he is beginning to feel his age and he finds himself alone with only his memories, his dog, and an ever-increasing number of chest pains. He longs for Francesca Johnson and the Roseman Bridge, but of course he's just too noble or stupid to pick up the phone and give her a jingle. So...he begins a winding journey through California, Oregon, the Dakotas, and finally into Iowa in his old beat-up green truck. After a series of hilarious coincidences, he discovers that he isn't as alone as he thought. Waller is a gifted writer in many ways, with a deft turn of phrase and a keen sense of setting. Narrator Jim Bond does a good job with this poignant story, but while the tale itself deals with the powerful subjects of love, aging, loneliness, and death, it is rather slight. Be warned that the overt sentimentality will either make you cry or gag, depending on your mindset. Guardedly recommended for libraries where Bridges was popular, i.e., all libraries.-Barbara A. Perkins, Irving P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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