This article is about the book. For the film, see The Bridges of Madison County (film).
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 novelisation of a true story, but it is in fact entirely fiction, though some have speculated[attribution needed] that, due to admitted similaries between the author and the main character, some elements of the novel may be slightly autobiographical.
The Bridges of Madison County was made into a 1995 film of the same name adapted by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Clint Eastwood. It stars Eastwood and Meryl Streep.
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.
 See also
Madison County, Iowa
Winterset City Park, Winterset, Iowa - Stone bridge in the park was used during filming.
 External links
The Bridges of Madison County Fanlisting
Discussion of the book
Study of reader response to the novel