Ratings : 1736

Review : 187


Published : Jul. 1, 2018

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Language : eng

Paperback : 303 Pages

Published : Jul. 1, 2018

By :

Language : eng

Paperback : 303 Pages

To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder

1736 Ratings - 187 Review

The case was closed, but for journalist Nancy Rommelmann, the mystery remained: What made a mother want to murder her own children?

On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Forty minutes later, rescuers found the body of four-year-old Eldon. Miraculously, his seven-year-old sister, Trinity, was saved. As the public cried out for blood, Amanda was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison.

Embarking on a seven-year quest for the truth, Rommelmann traced the roots of Amanda’s fury and desperation through thousands of pages of records, withheld documents, meetings with lawyers and convicts, and interviews with friends and family who felt shocked, confused, and emotionally swindled by a woman whose entire life was now defined by an unspeakable crime. At the heart of that crime: a tempestuous marriage, a family on the fast track to self-destruction, and a myriad of secrets and lies as dark and turbulent as the Willamette River.

“In To the Bridge, Nancy Rommelmann takes what many consider the most unforgivable of crimes—a mother set on murdering her own children—and delivers something thoughtful and provocative: a deeply reported, sensitively told, all-too-relevant tragedy of addiction and codependency, toxic masculinity, and capricious justice. You won’t be able to look away—nor should any of us.” —Robert Kolker, New York Times bestselling author of Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

“How do you understand the not understandable and forgive the unforgivable? So asks one of the characters in this clear-eyed investigation into something we all turn away from. To the Bridge is a tour de force of both journalism and compassion, in the lineage of such masterpieces as In Cold Blood and The Executioner’s Song. Word by word, sentence by sentence, Rommelmann’s writing is that good. And so is her heart.” —Nick Flynn, PEN/Martha Albrand Award–winning author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City




ABOUT Nancy Rommelmann

Nancy Rommelmann's most recent book, TO THE BRIDGE, a work of nonfiction about Amanda Stott-Smith, who dropped her two young children from a Portland bridge, will be published by Little A in July 2018

Rommelmann writes for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the LA Weekly, among other publications

She is the author of the novel THE BAD MOTHER (2011), THE QUEENS OF MONTAGUE STREET, a digital memoir of growing up in 1970s Brooklyn Heights, and TRANSPORTATION: Stories (2013). DESTINATION GACY, about her road trip to interview serial killer John Wayne Gacy, was published as an e-book in 2014

Rommelmann divides her time between Portland, Oregon and New York City