More than 130 years after its completion, the Brooklyn Bridge remains one of the most extraordinary landmarks and symbols of Brooklyn and New York City—and the story behind this architectural marvel is just as extraordinary.
The Brooklyn Bridge was originally designed by John Augustus Roebling, but it was his son, Washington, and his daughter-in-law, Emily, who oversaw the bridge’s construction. As work on the bridge went on, Washington developed caisson disease, leaving him bedridden for the majority of the bridge’s 14-year construction. Washington’s wife, Emily Roebling, took his place running the work site, deftly assuming the role of chief engineer, supervising the project and overseeing the workers, contractors, a hostile press, and greedy city politicians—an unusual position for a woman to take on at the time.
In this inspiring graphic novel, author Peter J. Tomasi and illustrator Sara Duvall show the building of the Brooklyn Bridge as it has never been seen before, and the marriage of the Roeblings—based on intellectual equality and mutual support—that made the construction of this iconic structure possible.
Out for April 2018
“Peter J. Tomasi is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics.”
I was sent this ARC in exchange for my honest review. My family is always laughing at what I am reading next because it could be just about anything. I’m always with my head in a book, and they’re always fascinated with what I discover and share. They both love to read too, so we share our fascinations with each other over the family meal or when we’re out having a coffee or doing yardwork together. I have to admit that when I started reading “The Bridge,” my husband thought I’d lost my mind lol–a Canadian reading about the Brooklyn Bridge. But this book is so much more than a book about a bridge in the United States.
This book is also about a family, in particular a woman, who carried out something not heard of during this particular time in history. Yes, the building of the bridge is also really fascinating lol, but when John Roebling met an untimely death, it was up to his son and daughter-in-law to finish it. However, when the son became incapacitated from a debilitating illness, it was Emily Roebling, a woman in 1869 none-the-less, who deftly assumed the major role/the controlling role in the bridge’s construction against all odds, contrite work crews who had to now answer to a woman, reluctant contractors, nasty and hostile press (“…what does a woman know about building bridges…”), and then, there were the greedy, lurking politicians waiting in the wings for her to fail so that they could take all the credit for the magnificent bridge slowly becoming erect across the East River.
This is the story, that I was interested in. I was not disappointed in the least!
A graphic novel (my uncorrected proof was in black and white) in full color filled with wonderful artwork and a great history lesson. I learned more about the people involved with building this bridge and what they (Emily especially) was up against. This should be a movie.
Excellent work by both author and illustrator, this is highly recommended for everyone, not just graphic novel and history lovers. I would even recommend this book to schools.
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