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Manhattan Beach

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A New York Times Notable Book Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Esquire, Vogue, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA TODAY, and Time 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 130 x 201 x 28mm | 318g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1476716749
  • 9781476716749
  • 410,874

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"Egan's most remarkable accomplishment yet. . . . At once a suspenseful novel of noir intrigue, a gorgeously wrought and richly allusive literary tapestry, and a transporting work of lyrical beauty and emotional heft, Manhattan Beach is a magnificent achievement."
--Priscilla Gilman, The Boston Globe "[Egan has a] talent for dazzling, specific descriptions that animate each chapter, and dialogue that rings true to her memorable characters and their era."
--Eileen Weiner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "What Jennifer Egan gives us in Manhattan Beach . . . is good, old-fashioned writing--or old-fashioned good writing, which is something else again."
--Ellen Akins, Minneapolis Star-Tribune "A story of Dickensian ambition that benefits mightily from [Egan's] meticulous attention to detail and her rich, evocative language."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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61,908 ratings
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2 9% (5,449)
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