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BOOK OF THE MONTH
ASTERIX AND THE CHARIOT RACE 37
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Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Oct 03, 2017
Imprint : Corsair
Page Extent : 448
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9781472150882
Price : 799
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'One of the most dazzling novelists writing today . . . It is simply stunning; thrilling, heartbreaking and unputdownable' The Bookseller, Book of the Month

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.

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.

'Egan's precise, calm underwater prose is a persistent pleasure' Daily Telegraph

'A stunningly resourceful writer' Guardian


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A stunningly resourceful writer
Egan's precise, calm underwater prose is a persistent pleasure
Haunting . . . Realistically detailed, poetically charged, and utterly satisfying: apparently there's nothing Egan can't do
Splendid . . . Tremendously assured and rich, moving from depictions of violence and crime to deep tenderness. The book's emotional power once again demonstrates Egan's extraordinary gifts.
One of the most dazzling novelists writing today . . . It is simply stunning; thrilling, heartbreaking and unputdownable. 'Book of the Month'.
     
Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan is the author of A Visit From The Goon Squad, The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been publish...(+)
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