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Title:One Good Road is Enough: Essays
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Publisher:Iowa State Press
ISBN:081381880X
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Number of Pages:210
Category:Memoir, Non fiction, Essays

One Good Road is Enough: Essays by Robert James Waller

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At last the rest of the story br br br br Epilogue A concluding part added to a literary work br br br br Ten years and twelve million copies after the first printing of T i he Bridges of Madison County i Robert James Waller brings to a poignant conclusion his story of the love affair between a wandering photographer and the conventional wife of an Iowa farmer br br br br In i A Thousand Country Roads i Robert Kincaid initially finds himself with little but memories of a lonely existence lived mostly on the road and memories of Francesca Johnson the woman whose passion he stirred so briefly and with such power br br br br So with his memories pushing him searching for something undefined something to give meaning to the rest of his life Kincaid takes to the road again in what becomes a journey of discovery and surprise br br br br With his dog Highway beside him in an old truck named Harry Kincaid begins a long winding run back to Roseman Bridge in Madison County Iowa returning to the place of his great love affair br br br br Living her own solitary life Francesca still visits Roseman Bridge and reflects on her days and nights with Robert Kincaid Cherishing the memory of the strange wandering man who changed her world she vows to search for him br br br br On the expedition he calls Last Time Kincaid wanders through Oregon northern California eastward to the Dakotas and on to Iowa Along the way a chance encounter with a woman from his distant past reveals another dimension of his life he could not have imagined br br br br Finally in a Seattle bar called Shorty s where saxophonist Nighthawk Cummings still plays on Tuesday nights Kincaid turns in his chair looking inward and outward at the same time and smiles at what he sees sitting before him br br br br And so it comes the ultimate loner finds he is not as alone as he once believed br br br br blockquote There was something about this man that was out of the ordinary something almost familiar about him br br br br Sunlight angled down and caught the right side of his face caught the long gray hair parted in the middle and brushed back along the top and sides The sea wind came and blew his hair and he reached to push it back from his face pulled an orange suspender higher on his shoulder adjusted the leather Swiss Army knife case on his belt The sun passed behind a cloud and he fell into shadow for a few seconds before sunlight again came on him She experienced an involuntary shudder and had a powerful urge to walk outside and talk with the man br br br br And later He was glad he had come It had not been a mistake Here in the old bridge he felt a kind of serenity and he bathed in the feeling and came quiet within himself At that moment he knew this place would be his home ground the place where his ashes would someday drift out over Middle River He hoped some of his dust would become one with the bridge and the land and that some might wash far downstream and into larger rivers and then into all the seas he had crossed on crowded troop ships or night jets to somewhere br br br br From i A Thousand Country Roads i blockquote p Author Biography Robert James Waller grew up in the small town of Rockford Iowa and was educated at the University of Northern Iowa and Indiana University He was for many years a professor at his Iowa alma mater where he also served as Dean of the College of Business from to He lives on a remote ranch in the high desert mountains of Texas and pursues his interests in writing photography music economics and mathematics This is his tenth book p, No description available, From Robert James Waller comes a wonderful collection of essays all of them as romantic reflective and timeless as readers have come to expect from the author of The Bridges of Madison County a celebration of life and loss of what things still can be, With over million copies sold bestselling author Robert James Waller returns with another haunting evocative story br The wild places are where no one is looking anymore Out on the high plains among Sioux reservations and silent buttes you can hear the wind And on the back of the wind is the sound of an old accordion mingling with the lonely thump of a single drum in the nighttime and a far off warrior s cry br To this to a town called Salamander comes Carlisle McMillan a traveler and carpenter seeking a place of quiet amid the grinding roar of progress There he finds two very different women Gally Deveraux who works at a diner and longs for something more than she is and Susanna Benteen beautiful and enigmatic whom the town has labeled a witch The women Carlisle s carpenter s trade and an old Indian known as Flute Player bring Carlisle a sense of contentment for a while But his quiet is shattered as bulldozer treads begin to turn and the Yerkes County War commences br Also available as an eBook