Manhattan Beach: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 3, 2017 - Fiction - 448 pages
18 Reviews
* 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
* Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal
* 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.

With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, one of the great writers of our time.
 

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Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan, author; Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, and Vincent Piazza, narrators. The book takes place after Prohibition, but the effects of The Great Depression are everywhere ... Read full review

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I have read a couple of Egan books that I liked very much and started a 3rd that I had to quit. I picked this up because it got good reviews and I liked the subject matter. It looks at the 1934 and ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
23
Section 4
35
Section 5
47
Section 6
65
Section 7
75
Section 8
94
Section 18
247
Section 19
264
Section 20
277
Section 21
289
Section 22
301
Section 23
309
Section 24
322
Section 25
345

Section 9
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Section 10
123
Section 11
140
Section 12
150
Section 13
169
Section 14
187
Section 15
204
Section 16
221
Section 17
235
Section 26
362
Section 27
375
Section 28
388
Section 29
403
Section 30
418
Section 31
427
Section 32
435
Section 33
439
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Jennifer Egan is the author of five previous books of fiction: A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Keep; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Granta, McSweeney's, and The New York Times Magazine.

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