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Manhattan Beach: A Novel

Manhattan Beach: A Novel


Manhattan Beach: A Novel

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4/5 (121 ratings)
Length:
15 hours
Released:
Oct 3, 2017
ISBN:
9781442399990
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Editor's Note

Hits you like a sneaker wave…

In her followup to “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” Jennifer Egan has created a gripping work of historical fiction meets crime story, set against the backdrop of the omnipresent ocean. Egan’s inventiveness covertly rises up and washes over you, hitting like a sneaker wave.

Description

The long-awaited, 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.
Released:
Oct 3, 2017
ISBN:
9781442399990
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Jennifer Egan is the author of six previous books of fiction: Manhattan Beach, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in 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. Her website is JenniferEgan.com.


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  • In the long-awaited follow up from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of "A Visit from the Goon Squad," writer Jennifer Egan creates an updated take on noir thriller that promises to define the genre for years to come.

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Reader reviews

  • (4/5)
    interesting period story about the WWII times in America. the changes in the readers voice from male to female was a bit confusing.
  • (3/5)
    I was interested in the historical context piece but the characters didn’t evolve like I hoped and I feel mushed disappointed.
  • (2/5)
    This book was a very piecewise story and none of the characters were particularly likable. It appears that the author had no clear direction or sensible plan during the writing of this book.
  • (4/5)
    I liked the prose, the turn of phrase... the metaphor of the ocean without which this story could exist.
  • (3/5)
    The character development was good for most, yet, the main characters had too many moments of such inconsistency that I found myself getting annoyed. The writing itself was excellent, yet there were moments where descriptions and metaphors ran for so long. It’s a compelling story with twists I didn’t expect, but the ending is of picky taste.
  • (4/5)
    Very well written, extremely broad in its content. I believe that it was historically accurate. In any case, it made certain historical facts come to life.
  • (3/5)

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    This was JUST OK. I’m actually a little annoyed with myself for having listened to the whole thing. Parts were great. Parts were trite. I’ve not read Goon Squad yet, but based on the press for this author, I was expecting something much better. I did appreciate how she disrupted time/narrative flow.

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  • (2/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    OMG the lisping narrator made listening impossible. I am so disappointed because the book looks fascinating. But why did they chose this reader, she is painful to listen to.

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