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To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder by [Rommelmann, Nancy]
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This isn’t your usual work of true crime. A nonfiction Medea for fans of the podcast Serial, Nancy Rommelmann’s To the Bridge is a seven-year investigation that does not pertain to an unsolved case, a lurid conflict of interest, or a killer’s strategic escape. Instead we’re confronted with an unconscionable act in which the suspect is never in doubt—Amanda Stott-Smith murdered her own son by throwing him, with his sister, over a Portland bridge.

We’re led through a maze of good and evil by Rommelmann, who explores the days, months, and then years after Stott-Smith’s arrest and attempts to understand not who committed the crime or how, but why. With what can only be described as maternal courage, she challenges us to look past the simple way our culture metabolizes episodes of filicide, ridding ourselves of the burden of close inspection by making the murderer into a monster. With a dark poignancy she re-creates—through interviews with Stott-Smith’s family, friends, and enemies—the circumstances that led to an unforgettable and heartbreaking American tragedy. In the process, we are shown without judgment the destructive forces that surrounded a woman ill equipped to handle them, and we’re asked to look when looking is hard, so that we might get closer to the truth.

- Barry Harbaugh, Editor

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“Rommelmann employs compassion and emotional honesty in her investigation to try to comprehend the motivations behind the crime and its aftermath.” Publishers Weekly

“A painstaking and meticulous exploration of all the facts and conjectures surrounding a disturbing case.” Kirkus Reviews

“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 the Author

Nancy Rommelmann has written for the LA Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, among other publications. She is the author of several previous works of nonfiction and fiction. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Find out more at

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  • File Size: 11894 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Little A (July 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B073FCH41F
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