Die Brücke: Roman

Heyne Verlag
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Eine bessere Zukunft?

Wir schreiben das Jahr 2068: Die Vereinigten Staaten und Europa sind in die Bedeutungslosigkeit gefallen, Indien und Äthiopien dagegen die stärksten Wirtschaftsmächte der Welt, deren Mega-Cities ständig mit Energie versorgt werden müssen. Zu diesem Zweck wurde der TRAIL erfunden – eine gigantische schwimmende Pontonbrücke, die über das Arabische Meer verläuft, Indien mit Äthiopien verbindet und Sonnenlicht in Strom umwandelt. Doch der TRAIL ist auch die letzte Hoffnung für die, die in den pulsierenden Riesenstädten Indiens keinen Platz mehr finden: Sie wandern über den TRAIL nach Afrika – für sie ist er die Brücke in eine bessere Zukunft. So wie für Meena und Mariama, die einander nicht kennen, aber deren Schicksal auf vielfache Weise miteinander verknüpft ist ...

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Monica Byrne wurde in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, als das jüngste von fünf Kindern geboren. Sie studierte Biochemie am Wellesley College und Geochemie am MIT. Sie arbeitete in den verschiedensten Berufen, bevor sie ihre wahre Berufung im Schreiben fand. Inzwischen hat sie mehrere Theaterstücke und ihren von der Presse gefeierten Debütroman Die Brücke veröffentlicht. Monica Byrne lebt und arbeitet in Durham, North Carolina.

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Heyne Verlag
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Aug 10, 2015
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A debut that Neil Gaiman calls “Glorious. . . . So sharp, so focused and so human.” The Girl in the Road describes a future that is culturally lush and emotionally wrenching.

Monica Byrne bursts on to the literary scene with an extraordinary vision of the future.  In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India.  As she plots her exit, she learns of the Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run.  This is her salvation.  Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth.

Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home.  She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture.  But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected—romantic, turbulent, and dangerous.

As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.

Written with stunning clarity, deep emotion, and a futuristic flair, The Girl in the Road is an artistic feat of the first order: vividly imagined, artfully told, and profoundly moving.

From the Hardcover edition.
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