Brookland

Brookland

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Book Review Favorite Book of the Year

Since her girlhood, Prudence Winship has gazed across the tidal straits from her home in Brooklyn to the city of Manhattan and yearned to bridge the distance. Now, firmly established as the owner of an enormously successful gin distillery she inherited from her father, she can begin to realize her dream.

Set in eighteenth-century Brooklyn, this is the beautifully written story of a woman with a vision: a gargantuan construction of timber and masonry to span the East River. With the help of her sisters--high-spirited Tem and silent, uncanny Pearl--Prue fires the imaginations of the people of Brooklyn and New York by promising them easy passage between their two worlds.

Brookland confirms Emily Barton's reputation as one of the finest writers of her generation, whose work is "blessedly post-ironic, engaging and heartfelt" (Thomas Pynchon).

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312425807
9780374116903
0374116903
Branch Call Number: FIC BARTON
Characteristics: 478 p. ; 24 cm.

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martins_mom Jun 29, 2011

I thought this really *was* a fictionalized account of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. But it is fiction set at the end of the 18th century (trhe Brookltyn Bridge wasn't completed until 1883) about a woman who, having already made a mark as the female owner of a distillery, tries to find a way to have a bridge built across the East River to Manhattan.
I love books like this with strong, eccentric female main characters.

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