Jacob’s Bridge

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Abbott Press, Apr 24, 2012 - Fiction - 240 pages
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In the year 1868, in Brooklyn, young Jacob Knickerbocker is torn between two loves—his wife Nelly and building a bridge across a treacherous river. Employed as Scribe to a famous bridge builder, he has no idea that his journey through hell is about to begin.

Jacob is thrust into a world of steam-powered engines and political corruption. After quicksand is found under the river bed, he takes it upon himself to study caisson’s disease as men descend nearly sixty feet beneath the surface. Despite the horrors of work, Jacob and Nelly are thrilled when she becomes pregnant. But Nelly and her newborn son die horribly in childbirth. Grief-stricken, Jacob creates an imaginary world, writing to his deceased wife in a secret journal. Drinking laudanum (opium), disillusioned and dissolute, he walks the streets of New York and disappears.

Will the disheartened Scribe return to his Brooklyn Bridge? How will his monumental endeavor find footing in those wild and turbulent waters?

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
7
CHAPTER 3
12
CHAPTER 4
16
CHAPTER 5
20
CHAPTER 6
25
CHAPTER 7
29
CHAPTER 8
33
CHAPTER 31
125
CHAPTER 32
128
CHAPTER 33
131
CHAPTER 34
135
CHAPTER 35
139
CHAPTER 36
142
CHAPTER 37
146
CHAPTER 38
150

CHAPTER 9
36
CHAPTER 10
39
CHAPTER 11
43
CHAPTER 12
48
CHAPTER 13
52
CHAPTER 14
56
CHAPTER 15
60
CHAPTER 16
64
CHAPTER 17
71
CHAPTER 18
76
CHAPTER 19
80
CHAPTER 20
85
CHAPTER 21
89
CHAPTER 22
92
CHAPTER 23
96
CHAPTER 24
100
CHAPTER 25
103
CHAPTER 26
107
CHAPTER 27
111
CHAPTER 28
115
CHAPTER 29
118
CHAPTER 30
121
CHAPTER 39
154
CHAPTER 40
157
CHAPTER 41
161
CHAPTER 42
164
CHAPTER 43
168
CHAPTER 44
172
CHAPTER 45
176
CHAPTER 46
180
CHAPTER 47
184
CHAPTER 48
187
CHAPTER 49
192
CHAPTER 50
195
CHAPTER 51
198
CHAPTER 52
202
CHAPTER 53
207
CHAPTER 54
211
CHAPTER 55
217
CHAPTER 56
221
CHAPTER 57
225
CHAPTER 58
229
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About the author (2012)

Barbara Sousa lived and worked in New York City, but now enjoys a greener lifestyle in the Poconos. Her poetry has been published in Poetry Northwest. This is Barbara’s debut novel.

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