The Bridges of Madison County
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Bridges of Madison County is a best-selling novel by Robert James Waller which tells the story of a lonely Italian war bride who engages in an adulterous affair with a National Geographic photographer from Bellingham, Washington who has come to Madison County, Iowa in order to create a photographic essay on the covered bridges in the area. The novel is presented as a novelization of a true story, but it is in fact entirely fiction. However, the author admitted in an interview that there are strong similarities between the main character and himself.
A parody of the novel, under the title The Washed-out Bridges of Madison County, ran in the Doonesbury comic strip. A parody book titled The Ditches of Edison County was published in 1993. Another parodistic hint can be found in The Simpsons S19E11. Homer cries, while reading the book, telling: "This book sucks so much!".
Its epilogue entitled A Thousand Country Roads was published in 2002. It tells the remainder of the two main characters' story after their four-day affair.
- Madison County, Iowa
- Winterset City Park, Winterset, Iowa - Stone bridge in the park was used during filming.