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Manhattan Beach (Hardcover)

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Everything Jennifer Egan writes is a gift, but this book is particularly transcendent. As we follow one Anna Kerrigan--young, smart, and unabashedly ambitious--through the streets of WWII-era New York, we are lured into the quietly dangerous world that surrounds her. After her disabled younger sister dies and her mother moves away, Anna is forced to re-examine the mystery of her beloved father's disappearance so many years ago. She becomes the first female diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where she confronts both the dangerous task of repairing warships as well as the courage that's been waiting within her. This journey, made mesmerizing and haunting by the depth of Egan's prose, leads Anna on a collision course with a man that dominates memories of her father and, perhaps, to her father himself.

— From Claire

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NEW YORK'S "ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK" PICK

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, Time - A New York Times Notable Book

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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Product Details
ISBN: 9781476716732
ISBN-10: 1476716730
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 448
Language: English