The Bridges of Madison County

"There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them."

The words above open Robert James Waller's bestselling novel The Bridges of Madison County, which I'm reading now for the second time. I bought a copy from a secondhand store on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago six or seven years ago (Chicago has the best secondhand stores) and then discovered it again while digging through a box marked 'Books A - C' in my brother's basement last month. The story is beautiful and heartbreaking and so well written and I'm sure more quotes from its pages will appear on this web log in the coming days.