Books: Return to Madison County

After 10 long years, Robert James Waller takes us back to Bridges--and it's worth the trip

A lot of us carry in the back of our mind the shameful memory of a passionate weekend with an attractive but unsuitable companion. For 12 million of us, that companion was The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller's torrid, tear-stained novel about a thwarted housewife, an itinerant photographer and the four-day shag that shook the world. Bridges spent three years on the New York Times best-seller list on its way to becoming the best-selling hard-cover novel of all time. Ten years later, just when we thought we had put it all behind us, Waller is back with a sequel,...

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