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Virgil Townley posts on 12/3/2015 5:04:37 AM
..."Bridges" got the acclaim, but "Border Music" speaks eloquently of the real West Texas ethos. Solid characterizations, truths spoken in clear and unmistakable terms, a story line that unspools gratifyingly. Better than "Bridges," in my estimation, by a Texas mile or two, and some wonderful turns of phrase.
Amy posts on 7/23/2014 4:39:55 PM
Dear Mr. Waller,
Thank you for writing THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.
I have heard of it zillions of times but had never read it until today (when I read it all in 1 day!). It's magical, and I thank you for your truthfulness in telling the story as the family told it to you. It's admirable and is amazing!
The crazy part that touched me the most is I have a story of my own that parallels the story of Robert and Francesca. I saw my own story coming alive in the words you'd written in the book, and I was limp with joy as I read.
I am a 44-year-old mom from the Minneapolis area who has experienced a mind-blowing love that I had to abandon for reasons not unlike Francesca's in your novel. I will never get over it and hope that I don't have to lose my dreams as Francesca lost hers.
I cried and loved and enjoyed your novel immensely, and I heartily thank you.
Hazel lafosse posts on 12/7/2013 11:44:08 AM
There are stories that paint a picture far more vividly than any artist possibly could.thouse,that by their very nature,warm the heart and stir one's soul to it's very core.and while they may be highly successful,they may merely scratch the surface.for,embedded deeply within the confines of the greatest of the great stories,there lies in wait yet another,anticipating it's appointed time.it is a time when all things great and small appear in perfect alignment,and the power that is seemingly smiles down from above,virtually bestowing his bountiful blessings upon the selected recipient.such is the time for the yet untold story of Robert and Francesca.
SHIRLEY CARTER posts on 8/19/2013 4:40:17 AM
The best part of the story for me was when they danced to the tune of autumn leaves.
Jarvis posts on 5/28/2013 8:30:15 PM
I knew a man named Wickwire that flew the Hump and wrote a poem about the burned spots in the snow. In addition, a local man flew the Hump and is a celebrated Az HS coach. J.
Lola Mills posts on 9/8/2012 3:28:53 PM
Mr Waller, I grew up in Nora Springs, Ia. I have been told so many times I need to write a book. Well, I have. But I am not an author and would like assistance. If you read it I assure you it will interest you. My sister Connie Graham was your Mother's neighbor for years. I am the youngest of seven children and I now have lived in Minneapolis for over twenty years. Pleas take the time.
Jack Wallace posts on 7/5/2012 11:42:38 PM
I am an American (an Iowan in fact who grew up very close to Winterset, I also used to teach/work at the University of Northern Iowa) who teaches English at Shanghai Ocean University in China. I would like to teach The Bridges of Madison County in my English Language Literature class, and would like Dr. Waller's permission and blessing to do this. Would it be possible to discuss this with Dr. Waller or one of his representatives.
Heather H posts on 6/29/2012 4:41:55 PM
I would love to be directed with how to get in contact with Robert James Waller. I have a love story that needs to be heard and I am confident that he is the perfect person to write and do it justice.
Gaylee McCracken posts on 1/23/2011 4:24:49 PM
Dear Mr. Waller,
The dialogue you wrote in The Bridges of Madison County" has rich texture and a familiarity for many women. I am always surprised when a man can write ideas in the context of a woman's thoughts. I'm an internist, a woman's doctor, who is privileged to be trusted by many of my patients. They tell me their stories. Many of them complain about the book, "Eat, Love, Pray", because, they don't have the luxury of taking off a year, with no job, no kids or other responsibilities, to find themselves. I am working on a book from the perspective of the married women who stay married, despite the urge to leave. I'm in a fortunate position to hear and tell their stories, with their permission, of course.
The reason I'm writing to you, is to ask whether you would consider letting me use some of your dialogue as quotes leading into individual chapters in my book. Some of the poignant ones include,
"That's what I was taught. You stick things out."
"If she was unhappy, why didn't she leave?" "It's not what I dreamed when I was a girl." "The old dreams were good dreams. THey didn't work out, but I'm glad I had them." "Just because I'm settled down doesn't mean I'm hypnotized." And my favorite, "When a woman makes the choice to marry, to have children, in one way her life begins, but in another way it stops. You build a life of details. You become a mother, a wife, and you stop and stay steady so that your children can move. And when they leave they take your life of details with them. And then you're expected to move again, only you don't remember what moves you because no one has asked in so long. Not even yourself."
I am inspired to help women tell their rich stories. They need to be heard.
Dr. Gaylee Rossi McCracken
Jim Hadlock posts on 1/7/2009 1:17:35 AM
How do I contact Robert James Waller, or his agent? I need to know if his book - "THE LONG NIGHT OF WINCHELL DEAR" has been optioned, or if any plans exist for this to be made into a movie. I write screenplays. I just read this and it is made for a producer, and an actor I have contacts with. Very excited!
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