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In 1869, Washington A. Roebling is commissioned as the chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, one of America’s most iconic structures. His wife, Emily Roebling, is a keen advocate for women’s suffrage, at a time when American society expects her to stay home and support her husband silently.
But when Washington falls ill on the job, Emily supports him in the most immediate and courageous way imaginable - taking over his role and overseeing the construction of the bridge.
Emily spends the next eleven years supervising the colossal project, calculating measurements, deciding on materials, and undertaking the impossibly intricate work of cable construction. But as the bridge finally rises against the New York skyline, Emily is not quite sure whether she has realised her own ambitions or those of her husband.
Could it be that she has realised the collective ambition of women all over America?
Set against the backdrop of a burgeoning New York, from the suffragette halls to Manhattan mansions, The Engineer’s Wife tells the story of a devoted wife, an exceptional woman, and an American hero.
"Powerfully relevant to women’s lives today." - Publishers Weekly
“Against all odds, a dynamic, historic woman builds a monument and changes history as she and her surrounding cast leap off the page. What a life, and what a beautifully written and inspiring story!”
—Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling
author of The Queen’s Secret
“Well-researched with great attention to detail, The Engineer’s Wife is based on the true story about the exceptional woman who was tasked to build the Brooklyn Bridge. Tracey Enerson Wood delivers an absorbing and poignant tale of struggle, self-sacrifice, and the family transformed by the building of the legendary American landmark during the volatile time of women’s suffrage, riots, and corruption. A triumphant debut not to be missed!”
—Kim Michele Richardson, bestselling author of
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
“A triumphant historical novel sure to please readers of the genre. Like Paula McLain, Tracey Enerson Wood spins a colorful and romantic tale of a storied era.”
—Stewart O’Nan, author of West of Sunset
“Historical fiction at its finest. This is necessary fiction for our time—paying tribute to women’s overlooked contributions and reminding us of the true foundations of American history.”
—Andrea Bobotis, author of The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt
“Tracey Enerson Wood raises Emily Warren Roebling from the historical depths, bringing to vivid life the story of the woman who saved the Brooklyn Bridge.”
—Anne Lipton, MD, PhD, Harlequin Creator Fund Recipient and author of Putting the Science in Fiction