The Bridge

In present day China, an old woman’s house sits opposite an ancient bridge. Not just any bridge—but a special one because it has always been known as The Lucky Bridge. In olden days it was said that to walk over it during a marriage ceremony, or at the beginning of the New Year would bring the traveler good luck. Because of its reputation, over the years it has also become a popular place for young mothers to abandon their children. What to some may seem cruel is in reality their final gift to their offspring—one last chance to send them off to their new destinies with luck on their side. Jing, an old woman, is the unofficial and often reluctant guardian of the bridge. When no one else will, Jing steps in to prevent the children from frostbite, abuse and hunger, and then she delivers them safely to the social welfare institute. This has been her routine for many years, but what does Jing do when the latest child, a blind boy, burrows deep into her heart and makes turning him over to the orphanage difficult? Read The Bridge to see how Fei Fei’s life is changed by the love of a lonely old woman. The Bridge is a novella of 17,000 words, approximately 72 pages. Fei Fei’s character is based on a real orphaned boy that Kay Bratt met during her time in China. The Bridge Kindle version, Nook version

 

It is a story of hope – where none existed or should have existed.
Love – and giving of the little you have to make another persons life worth living.
It is a picture of China – and the hopelessness for some, and the heart that still beats.
O. Scarlett! Reviews

Interesting to read some of the reviews, and watch how much was missed by many. This is a short story, very few characters, almost only one locale and time compressed into few days and yet ….An abandoned blind boy of five, an old woman, a neighbor, an orphanage official, the woman’s daughter and who else; the hundreds who walked by, the rejecting father, the institutional staff — under paid and over worked — the Suzhou government’s streamed-lined orphanage policy, the everyday routine of the household, the traditionally required family events and foods in and out of season, the simple but also plentiful purchased items: these are the things that Kay Brant has packed into a few pages. She is describing a very large subject beautifully in a compact little story that needs no further expansion because she sees the kernel that holds it all together and summarized well by the folk tale of the frog and the turtle.
Must read more of her work! -Amazon Reviewer

If you like chocolate, you’ll know the feeling of tasting an exquisite chocolate that pleases every taste bud in your mouth and has you pining for more once the flavour fades… The Bridge is like that, only with words. It is balanced and well written and is a delight to the senses. There is something beautifully symbolic about it that will give readers different experiences to take away, and they will find themselves reflecting on the meanings and the intent of the author…or maybe it was just a good telling of a story. A good book club contender for readers to enjoy and discuss.- Lea Owens, Amazon Reviewer