String Bridge

String Bridge Greek cuisine smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician Melody was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens Greece Keen to play in her new shoe
  • Title: String Bridge
  • Author: Jessica Bell
  • ISBN: 9780984631742
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • String Bridge
    Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a proper career and her music for motherhood That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage and the persGreek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a proper career and her music for motherhood That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage and the person she used to be However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits Poet and musician Jessica Bell s debut novel String Bridge is a rich exploration of desire, guilt, and the difficult balancing act of the modern woman The writing is lyrical throughout, seamlessly integrating setting, character and plot in a musical structure that allows the reader to identify with Melody s growing insecurity as her world begins to unravel a powerful debut from a promising writer, full of music, metaphor, and just a hint of magic Magdalena Ball of The Compulsive Reader, author of Sleep Before Evening
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  • Jessica Bell

    If Jessica Bell could choose only one creative mentor, she d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics This is not only because she currently resides in Athens, Greece, but because of her life as a 30 something Australian native contemporary fiction author, award winning poet and singer songwriter guitarist, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs she s written.Being the daughter of a semi famous rock n roll duo from Melbourne, she grew up surrounded by song For a while it seemed logical to travel the musician s path, especially when her first band, spAnk, hit it off in the Melbourne indie music scene back in the late 90s Although she spent her years writing and recording dozens of songs she decided she also had a love for the written word, and began to pursue a career as a writer.She started as a poet, drawing from her musical background and etching her thoughts and feelings into verse Those stanzas soon turned into sentences and paragraphs, and eventually into published books Her literary voice is said to overflow with lyrical descriptions, unique metaphors, tight dialogue, and an abundance of sensory detail She has also been told she has the ability to take a seemingly ordinary three chord type story and turn it into a main stage event.In addition to her novels, her poetry collections including FABRIC, which was nominated for the Choice Awards in 2012 , and her pocket writing guides WRITING IN A NUTSHELL SERIES , she has published a variety of works in online and print literary journals and anthologies, including Australia s Cordite Review, and the anthologies 100 STORIES FOR QUEENSLAND and SHADOWS AT THE STAGE DOOR, both released through Australia s, eMergent Publishing Additionally, she is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, the Coordinator of the Writing Day Workshops which take place throughout the United States, and makes a living as an editor writer for English Language Teaching publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

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  • I got the ARC in the mail on Saturday, started the first chapter that night, and couldn t stop thinking about it Sunday afternoon I decided would be reading day It had been a hectic week, I deserved a reading day I was eager to get completely immersed in the world that Jessica Bell so skillfully created in her debut novel STRING BRIDGE.The print book is a reader s dream just the right length, a cover you can keep turning back to, finding meaning in each detail And nice paper Not that rough cheap [...]


  • Warning Do not read String Bridge unless you have plenty of spare time Jessica Bell hooks the reader with a storyline so powerful it consumes you I read this book in one sitting I could not put it down.The POV Melody bares her soul, the descriptive writing is intense and one forgets it is a work of fiction I was drawn into a storyline so swollen with discontentment that I had to read Each page turned I wondered if the ugly side of Melody s life would emerge and when it did it was through an exp [...]


  • Jessica Bell s debut novel String Bridge is the story of Melody, an Australian musician, who put down her guitar to raise a family with her Greek husband Four years later and living on his native soil, Melody realizes she s become the empty, passionless shell of the person she once was A return to music is the key to her salvation But her struggle to decipher her dark feelings, to understand when they are surging from a place of honesty and when they are the result of her own fears or selfishnes [...]


  • Lucky press sent me the arc of this book last week, and the moment I took it from the mailbox, I was dying to start reading Jessica is a poet, so it s not surprising that she employs good use of imagery, metaphor, and other poetic devices from the very beginning The preface is gorgeous and reads like poetry than any other part of the book It gets you into the mindset of 30 year old Melody almost immediately, and paints her as a woman who loves music, but has chosen to give it up for the sake of [...]


  • String Bridge is the debut novel from the very artistic writer Jessica Bell If you enjoy stories that involve characters who experience adversity within their lives and that explores the frailty that can exist within some human relationships, then this is a book that should be added to your reading list This particular story tells the tale of Melody, an aggravated wife and mother who somehow finds herself separated from the person she felt she used to be and also the individual that she would re [...]


  • Wow.Okay.So Jessica Bell s an incredibly talented poet, and her unique way with words completely translates into fiction I was so there, in the frustration of unsaid things in relationships, of wanting something you re not sure you ll ever have I trusted the author from page one, and never felt let down by characters actions.She made imperfect people, and made us like and love them still Not an easy feat.I won t spoil this for you, but the story s intense, emotional, and her strong language carr [...]



  • Melody is at a crossroads She s given up her music career for the corporate world of course writing, and motherhood, and her increasingly overbearing Greek husband is trying to keep her in the kitchen and away from both music and management As Melody inches closer to reinvigorating her stalled dreams and pump up her life, she finds that the obsticles that begin appearing are far significant and overarching than she could ever imagine Poet and musician Jessica Bell s debut novel String Bridge is [...]


  • Taken from HEREDare you call this chicklit And as much as I adore chicklit, this is not the tale of a single girl, lost in the city, romping about to find HER MAN String Bridge goes beyond that This is after the girl has found her man, her family and is pushed over as she is made to face the hard realities of life You could call this the after the fairy tale part of life.Familial love, marital drudgery, long suppressed dreams Jessica Bell brings it all in and questions it all What really is imp [...]


  • Jessica Bell s STRING BRIDGE has been hyped up all around the writer blogger world and so it s only natural I should get around to reading it eventually Before I started, I had got to know a little bit about the author, and found we had a fair few things in common namely writing, nationality and music We are both Australian singer songwriters who write novels too I also knew I d look forward to the read because it was about a character I could relate to another singer songwriter.Anyway, onto th [...]


  • From the outside it would appear Melody Hill, the main character and narrator of Jessica Bell s debut novel, String Bridge, has a perfect life She lives in Athens with her charming Greek music promoter husband, she has an adorably precocious daughter, and she has a dream job as an editor for a publishing company with a promotion and raise in the offing.But getting deeper into her story, the reader finds what s hidden behind this fa ade and her wanting to please everyone persona She is frightened [...]


  • This is the first novel I ve read by Jessica Bell, but I ve read and enjoyed some of her poetry and also her non fiction books about writing, so I was already tuned in for her distinctive poetic and lyrical writing style with quirky use of similes and adjectives I was drawn to choose this novel because I was interested in the relationship between a Greek husband and a non Greek wife Having been to Greece often, and fallen in love with the country, the one aspect of life there that I find most al [...]


  • For us who had been married for a long time we know how hard it can get once the years start to pile up, kids are present and routine kills the romance Eventually the relationship changes, and if we are not careful, one day we wake up feeling like we are living with a stranger instead of the person who is suppose to be the love our lives This is what happen to Melody and Alex in String Bridge They are drifting apart,and both struggling with who they are now and what they used together Melody is [...]


  • String Bridge explodes with emotional conflicts to the very end Melody s story is an exercise in decision making, guilt, and in yearning.Melody s bipolar mother and her own self worth all threaten to send Melody off the deep, deep end She believes that she is living a socially acceptable existence But the strong desire to play her guitar is overwhelming at times From panic attacks to believing there is a family curse, Melody must come to terms with what she really wants out of life and with her [...]


  • I won this book through First Reads I m so excited to read it as my boyfriend plays guitar and wants the whole rock star life Review to follow.Wow, this book has left me speechless I went on a complete roller coaster of a ride with Melody in this book Everything she felt I felt too I laughed, I cried, I got angry I don t think I have ever felt so attached to characters in any book before Every character felt totally real I loved Melody, on a few occasions she did anger me slightly, but that just [...]


  • This is an emotional story of a woman s journey to find herself and what truly makes her happy The story will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as the protagonist, Melody, struggles with finding her center She had been a musician, but gave it up to be a wife and mother In time she realized she had not only given up her dream, but also a part of herself She deals with depression and fights to be different than her bipolar mother In the end through a series of tragedies, there is trium [...]


  • Melody s struggle follows a difficult trajectory, one that the reader struggles through with her At almost every step, I found myself feeling the same emotions felt by Melody, wanting her to do the things she wanted to do even when they weren t the best choices for herself or her family I identified with Melody throughout the entire novel, fighting and crying and yelling when she did.I love the way that Bell develops her characters Each of them felt like a real person that could have stepped out [...]


  • Jessica Bell s STRING BRIDGE is a beautifully tragic tale of desire, music, and love.Melody, an Australian living in Greece, decides she wants it all to combine who she used to be with who she is now She s ready to pick up her guitar again and play gigs as well as pursue a chance to further her editorial career while being a wife and mother Yet nothing is life is ever so simple As she searches for the bridge to secure her two halves, she will have to lose it all to find herselfRING BRIDGE is edg [...]


  • String Bridge is author Jessica Bell s debut offering It is a terrific portrayal of Melody, a career oriented mom who longs for With semi dashed dreams, an unappreciative spouse, and unbalanced parents, an uncertainty about a promotion at work and her husband s secretive behavior drive Mel to an emotional boiling point I enjoyed every minute and appreciate the way Bell wrote about very relatable topics I m not much for Women s lit, but I will be checking out future books from this author Bell, [...]


  • This is one of the best and most fastmoving books I have ever read First of all, the language is simple and easy to read The author did not use very complicated sentences, so it encouraged my desire to read As I am a musician, too, String Bridge fascinated me from the very beginning The author achieves to mingle the reader with the story in a very successful way For example, I was so pissed when I learned that Melody was cheated by her husband Alex that I was mad at him Through the end of the b [...]


  • Definitely gripping It might be a cliche to say it s unputdownable but there isn t any other way to describe it Just amazing.With a storyline so consuming, it felt like being in some sort of a trance reading this book I couldn t stop It felt like being on a rollercoaster of emotions Just when you think Melody is going to make a long time dream come true, just when everything is all coming together piece by pieceBANG Everything shatters How does Melody put all the pieces back together again Where [...]


  • For a long time I thought I was just a slow reader Over the years I ve come to learn that the sound of words echoing in my head and rolling off my tongue requires a slow pace Like fine wine and great food, literature is meant to be savored Jessica s lyrical words and phrases ruminate long after the cover closes String Bridge is than a story When Melody begins listening to her soul, you can t help but feel your own soul harmonizing right along This touched my heart on so many levels and I can t [...]


  • Jessica has created very real, tangible characters with the kinds of flaws most of us pretend not to have, but deep inside, we know we do Her exploration of the disillusionment of marriage felt almost like she was in my head at a certain stage in my own a stage you can work past if you are determined, but nevertheless leaves us somewhat scarred and fragile I think she did a brilliant job with tugging emotion and heartstrings providing a portrait of temptation and regret.The language of this boo [...]


  • What an engaging read I started in the morning, and I couldn t put it down until I d finished String Bridge follows the story of Melody, a frustrated wife and mother who somehow finds herself miles away from the person she used to be and from the person she wants to become Author Jessica Bell paints a claustrophobic vision of life where domesticity becomes a ever diminishing prison cell With gripping prose and terse dialogue, String Bridge is a powerful debut novel from a very talented writer.


  • I was absolutely hooked from the first page This is a fantastic book, well worth buying to find out all about Melody Hill and her inner struggles.




  • Main character Melody is dealing with a promotion in her job as an editor, a husband who loves her, and an adorable, precocious four year old daughter, who is just too cute.Life is good, right Wrong She s miserable.Melody decided after daughter Tessa s birth to stop playing the occasional musical gig and focus on being a good wife and Mommy The only problem is music is her passion It feeds her soul, and without it, the monotony of daily life is killing her.She s spiraling into depression, every [...]


  • Rating 7 10String Bridge tells the story of Melody, an Australian musician, who came to Greece to sing and ended up getting married to a Greek music promoter, Alex But life in Athens is not what she expected it to be She is not doing any gigs, but instead has sort of settled into the roles of businesswoman, mother and wife Over the years, she has come to miss that feeling she got when she was creating and performing and it has instead been substituted by the dreary monotone of doing the same une [...]


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