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I loved this book so deeply that it's hard for me to articulate all the reasons why. Anna is a fierce and relatable protagonist with many responsibilities in the absence of her father- a man she adored, and whose disappearance still haunts her. The beautifully written story expands with cleverly interwoven storylines involving the Brooklyn Naval Yard, the organized crime scene in New York City, and even the Merchant Marine. Egan's first historical novel is an absolute triumph filled with vibrant details and flawed, compelling characters.
October 2017 Indie Next List
“Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach captures a time and place on the verge of momentous change. Set in Brooklyn in the 1940s, the novel tells the story of Anna Kerrigan, a young woman who has dropped out of Brooklyn College to contribute what she can to the American war effort. Unsatisfied with her job of inspecting and measuring machine parts, she attempts to enter the male-only world of deep-sea diving. Manhattan Beach is rich and atmospheric, highlighting a period when gangs controlled the waterfront, jazz streamed from the doors of nightclubs, and the future for everyone was far from certain.”
— Mark LaFramboise, Politics & Prose Books and Coffee Shop, Washington, DC
* Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction* New York Times Bestseller * A San Francisco Chronicle Top 10 Book of the Year* A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2017* A Time magazine and USA Today Top 10 Novel of 2017* Winner of the Booklist Top of the List for Fiction* Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction* Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, The Guardian, Vogue, Esquire, Kirkus Reviews, Philadelphia Inquirer, BookPage, Bustle, Southern Living, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Immensely satisfying...an old-fashioned page-turner, tweaked by this witty and sophisticated writer...Egan is masterly at displaying mastery...she works a formidable kind of magic." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.
Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished.
"A magnificent achievement, at once a suspenseful noir intrigue and a transporting work of lyrical beauty and emotional heft" (The Boston Globe
), "Egan's first foray into historical fiction makes you forget you're reading historical fiction at all" (Elle
). Manhattan Beach
takes us into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men in a dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world.