Shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize

The Bridge – Enza Gandolfo

Fiction · Scribe Publications

The Bridge

About the book

“The Bridge is a sharp and moving portrayal of the strength and resilience that lives in people.”

– 2019 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Enza Gandolfo

Enza Gandolfo is a Melbourne writer and an honorary professor in creative writing at Victoria University. She is interested in the power of stories to create understanding and empathy, with a particular focus on feminist and political fiction. Enza is the co-editor of the journal TEXT and a founding member of the Victoria University Feminist Research Network, her first novel, Swimming, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award.

Further Reading


“This story is utterly heartbreaking, not least because it’s a story that is repeated across Australia over and over again.” Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers

“This is an ambitious, multi-generational story from a skilled writer.” Julienne van Loon, TEXT review


Read an interview with Enza Gandolfo about The Bridge on SBS Greek

“Enza plays no cheap tricks with her reader, she doesn’t rip them off with easy epiphanies. It doesn’t matter if they are blameless hardworking migrant men, or reckless teenage girls — no one gets off scot-free.”
Read Alice Pung’s speech launching The Bridge

Listen to a discussion of The Bridge on ABC RN’s The Bookshelf

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