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 woman with a vision: a gargantuan construction of timber and masonry she devises to cross the East River in a single magnificent span. With the help of her sisters - the high spirited Tem and the silent, uncanny Pearl - she fires the imaginations of the people of Brooklyn and New York by promising them both easy passage between their two worlds and one of the most ambitious public works ever attempted. Beautifully written and breathtaking in scope, "Brookland" "turns imagination and luminous prose into precision instruments that measure how cracks in a foundation can undo the most solid seeming of structures" - (The Christian Science Monitor).
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(210mm x 140mm x 23mm)
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Author Biography - Emily Barton
Emily Barton's fiction has appeared in "Story, American Short Fiction," and "Conjunctions." Her first novel, "The Testament of Yves Gundron, "called "blessedly post-ironic, engaging, and heartfelt" by Thomas Pynchon, won the Bard Fiction Prize and was named a "New York Times "Notable Book of the Year. She is the recipient of a 2006 artist's grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.