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Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan

Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan
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Title: Manhattan Beach

Author:  Jennifer Egan

ISBN:  9781472150875

Weight:  961g

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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

‘We’re going to see the sea,’ Anna whispered.

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family.  Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.

Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war.  Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.  She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war.  She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister.  At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have been murdered.

Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan’s first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world.  Manhattan Beach is a magnificent novel by one of the greatest writers of our time.

The long-awaited novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.

Peer & Press Reviews

Anna is a formidable heroine: passionate, stoic, emotionally and physically courageous.  Her younger sister is an invalid for whom her glamorous showgirl mother has abandoned her career; the descriptions of caring for this beautiful, beloved and helpless child are tender and moving.

Times

Egan explains her wish to write a ‘heroine-driven adventure story’ set at a time when women had little freedom to steer their own lives.  She has succeeded magnificently… here, the detail serves only to deepen and enrich.  Mystery novels, thinks Anna, are unsatisfying in part because they take place ‘in a single realm’ only.  The genius of this book is that Egan successfully plumbs so many.

Daily Mail

This is a novel that will pull you in and under and carry you away on its rip tides…  Anna’s plight as a woman whose will is larger than her circumstances is dramatised with tremendous power.  Its resonances continue to wash over the reader long after the novel ends.

Guardian

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Title: Manhattan Beach
Author:
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Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes:

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 – longlist

National Book Awards 2017 – longlist (fiction)

Book Stats
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint: Corsair
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781472150875
ISBN 10: 1472150872
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 433
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 161 x 40mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph: Peter van Hattem
Jacket design: John Gall
Jacket image: Heli Hiltunen
Endpaper map: Courtesy of BNYDC Archives, SC/1, Brooklyn Navy Yard Architectural Plans, Maps and Drawings collection

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