Review: Under the Bridge by Anne Bishop

Author: Anne Bishop
Publisher: Roseway Publishing
Released: April 1, 2019
Received: NetGalley

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Under the Bridge is Anne Bishop’s latest novel, not to be confused with Anne Bishop, the famous fantasy author! This is a contemporary fiction novel, and for that reason alone, it’ll probably stand out a bit from my usual reading regimen.

Lucy has long been working hard for her community. She’s a teacher and anti-poverty activist. And yet, it’s a personal trauma that forces her to step back and fight to maintain control over her life. The fight ends up being harder than she could have ever expected.

Her life flips head over shoulders, leaving her forced to take refuge where she can – both physically and emotionally. That is until she comes across a series of secrets that change everything.

“There are people who break open and make a new, bigger, self. But some of us are … brittle.”

Under the Bridge is a thought-provoking novel, one that forces readers to confront the meaning and effects of poverty and homelessness. Naturally, it hits quite hard – just like Anne Bishop intended, I’m sure.

Bishop’s novel takes a cold look at poverty and what our society is doing (or not doing) to try and get a handle on it. More than that, it tackles the very real consequences and pain that come with working through personal trauma.

It’s a difficult read if only for all of the emotional notes this book hits upon. However, I think that just makes Under the Bridge all the more important to read.

Thanks to Roseway Publishing and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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