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. ". [a] stalwart, evocative second novel ..."-Publishers Weekly
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"Emily Barton's second novel is a rich period piece set in Brooklyn just after the Revolution. Prue Winship and her sisters find themselves in charge of the family distillery and are entirely up to the challenge, even in this very male world. Ruth Ann Phimister's challenge is making Prue's family and their times familiar and vivid, and she does it with ease, partly because Barton herself weaves her learning so imaginatively into her tale, and partly because Phimister is so skillful at evoking personality. Prue becomes obsessed with a plan to bridge the East River; to succeed she must engage her whole village, as well as Manhattan, across the water, and a good bit of Albany. It's a moving and memorable journey. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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