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Daytime Book Discussion @ Effingham Public Library – Effingham, IL

May 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am CDT

Daytime Book Discussion @ Effingham Public Library – Effingham, IL
Monday, May 15th, 2023
10:30 am – 11:30 am –

Join us to talk about the book “The Engineer’s Wife” by Tracey Enerson Wood. No registration required. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Emily Roebling built a monument for all time. Then she was lost in its shadow. Discover the fascinating woman who helped design and construct the Brooklyn Bridge. Perfect for book clubs and fans of Marie Benedict.
Emily refuses to live conventionally―she knows who she is and what she wants, and she’s determined to make change. But then her husband asks the unthinkable: give up her dreams to make his possible.

Emily’s fight for women’s suffrage is put on hold, and her life transformed when her husband Washington Roebling, the Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, is injured on the job. Untrained for the task, but under his guidance, she assumes his role, despite stern resistance and overwhelming obstacles. But as the project takes shape under Emily’s direction, she wonders whose legacy she is building―hers, or her husband’s. As the monument rises, Emily’s marriage, principles, and identity threaten to collapse. When the bridge finally stands finished, will she recognize the woman who built it?

Based on the true story of an American icon, The Engineer’s Wife delivers an emotional portrait of a woman transformed by a project of unfathomable scale, which takes her into the bowels of the East River, suffragette riots, the halls of Manhattan’s elite, and the heady, freewheeling temptations of P.T. Barnum. The biography of a husband and wife determined to build something that lasts―even at the risk of losing each other.


May 15
10:30 am - 11:30 am CDT
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Effingham Public Library
200 N 3rd St, Effingham
Effingham, IL 62401 United States
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