Brookland

Brookland

Large Print - 2006 | Large print ed.
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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, established as the owner of the enormously successful gin distillery she inherited from her father, she can begin to realize her dream. Set in eighteenth-century Brooklyn, this is the story of a determined and intelligent woman who is consumed by a vision of a bridge: a gargantuan construction of timber and masonry she devises to cross the East River in a single, magnificent span. With the help of the local surveyor, Benjamin Horsfield, and her sisters--the high-spirited, obstreperous Tem, who works with her in the distillery, and the silent, uncanny Pearl--she fires the imaginations of the people of Brooklyn and New York by promising them a bridge that will meet their most pressing practical needs while being one of the most ambitious public works ever attempted. Prue's own life and the life of the bridge become inextricably bound together as the costs of the bridge, both financial and human, rise beyond her direst expectations. "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: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2006.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780786286478
0786286474
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE BARTON
Characteristics: 909 p. (large print) ; 23 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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