The central characters in By the Rivers of Brooklyn are the women of the Evans family. The story begins in 1924 with three young women: sisters Rose and Annie Evans, and Annie’s friend Ethel Moores, who hopes to be their sister-in-law when she marries Bert Evans.
In many ways the Evans women are inspired by some of the women in my own family, women of my grandmother’s generation. My mother’s mother, Florence Ellis, went away to Brooklyn to work as a young woman, while her sister, my great-aunt Gertie, stayed behind in St. John’s. That dynamic — the sister who went away and the one who stayed behind — was very much in my mind as I created the Evans sisters, even though they turned out to be unique fictional women whose lives took very different turns from those of the women in my family.
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