Sunday Fiction Pick: The Bridge


The Bridge – Enza Gandolfo

Our staff member Teresa loved this new Australian novel. Enza Gandolfo explores the impact of industrial disaster through a multi-generational plot that deals with family, loss, and anxiety as one event continues to affect two families on either side of The Bridge.

In 1970s Melbourne, 22-year-old Italian migrant Antonello is newly married and working as a rigger on the West Gate Bridge, a gleaming monument to a modern city. When the bridge collapses one October morning, killing 35 of his workmates, his world crashes down on him.

In 2009, Jo and her best friend, Ashleigh, are on the verge of finishing high school and flush with the possibilities for their future. But one terrible mistake sets Jo’s life on a radically different course.

Drawing on true events of Australia’s worst industrial accident—a tragedy that still scars the city—The Bridgeis a profoundly moving novel that examines class, guilt, and moral culpability. Yet it shows that even the most harrowing of situations can give way to forgiveness and redemption. Ultimately, it is a testament to survival and the resilience of the human spirit.