The Bridge Of San Luis Rey
Brother Juniper, Dona Clara
This is a sad but feel good story that will make you cry. It's amazing how young Wilder was when he wrote this.
On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below.
There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love. The only survival, the only meaning.