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The Bridge
     

The Bridge

by Rebecca Rogers Maher
 

Henry meets Christa on the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, just as they’re both about to jump off and kill themselves. Despite his paralyzing depression—and her panic over a second bout of cancer—they can’t go through with their plans knowing that the other is going to die. So they make a pact—they’ll stay alive for 24 hours,

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Henry meets Christa on the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, just as they’re both about to jump off and kill themselves. Despite his paralyzing depression—and her panic over a second bout of cancer—they can’t go through with their plans knowing that the other is going to die. So they make a pact—they’ll stay alive for 24 hours, and try to convince each other to live.

From the Staten Island Ferry to Chinatown to the Museum of Modern Art—Henry and Christa embark on a New York City odyssey that exposes the darkest moments of their lives. Is it too late for them? Or will love give them the courage to face the terrifying possibility of hope?

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Publishers Weekly
★ 08/26/2013
Henry and Christa meet under peculiar circumstances—they've both climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge intending to kill themselves. Henry suffers from clinical depression, and Christa was recently diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer. They each resolve to prevent the other from suicide with a promise to spend the whole day together, doing their favorite things in New York City. They each go through with the plan to save the other's life. But as the day goes on, they find themselves falling in love and finding reasons to live. Maher's novella is intimate and insightful. Henry and Christa come from very different backgrounds, but their despair is palpable. Maher has a deep knowledge of New York City, and the couple's time together is full of the quiet adventures of city natives, making New York an equally important character in the gripping and touching story.
Library Journal
★ 10/15/2013
Christa and Henry meet in the most unlikely of places: in the middle of the night, at the top of one of the Brooklyn Bridge towers, screwing their respective courage to the sticking place in preparation to jumping off. They make a pact to spend 24 hours together, alive. Yet for those 24 hours, they will share one perfect day. VERDICT Readers know Christa and Henry will fight the good fight together. The ending feels wonderful because it is so hopeful. This lovely, sweet, and slightly sappy three-hankie special by Maher (Hurricane Lily) is for anyone who wants to see a really sad love story end with an upbeat happy-for-now. [LJ Xpress Reviews, 9/6/13.]—Marlene Harris, Seattle P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781625390486
Publisher:
Promised Land Books
Publication date:
09/16/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,286,474
File size:
3 MB

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