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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (359 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily Barton Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Brooklyn native Emily Barton has received many accolades for her fiction, including a grant from the NEA. Here she tells the story of Prudence Winship, a woman living in late 18th-century New York who has a vision of a great bridge spanning the East River. After inheriting a gin distillery from her father, Prue uses her resources to undertake one of America's greatest public works projects. But many hardships threaten to curtail her efforts, and realizing her dream will not be an easy task. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marnie | 2/18/2014

    " I almost loved this book. It's a complex, sometimes challenging read. Barton lets the characters blossom slowly, invites the reader in to the vivid, curious culture of post-Revolutionary War Brooklyn. The super-saturated metaphor of bridge building may be a bit much for some, but it's a facsinating historical novel nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy Baack | 2/7/2014

    " 4 1/2 My only historical fiction of the summer! Kind of like pillars of the earth/world without end in that you wouldn't think the subject matter would be interesting, but it was. First half is about a daughter learning to make gin in her father's distillery in the later 1700s in Brooklyn NY. The second half it how she tries to build a bridge over the East river so they can get to and from Manhatten easier. Different but cool! Some heavy detail that I tend to skim... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abigail | 2/4/2014

    " Didn't finish this one, though it has more merit than many books I've left to the dust mites. It paints a very compelling portrait of post-colonial, post-revolution Brooklyn, NY, with some slightly fantastical elements thrown in which reminded me of Winter's Tale (Mark Helprin) -- there is a childhood curse, continued allusions to the "land of the dead", and three women in 18th century America who not only run a gin distillary but who also conspire to build the first every brige across the East River to Manhattan, following their own designs. I gave up because the narrator/protagonist never came alive to me -- she remained cold and mechanical, without out any believable motivation in her pursuit of the bridge project. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by sarah | 2/4/2014

    " Really enjoyed this historical fiction about early 19th century NYC. Had a few problems with the main underlying plot device and thought the ending was a little rushed, but still was a great book. "

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