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Manhattan Beach: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2017

Duration: 15 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NEW YORK’S “ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK” PICK

The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

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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  • Pam W.

    I was happiest when I finished the book. Slow. Boring.

  • Bradlee B

    Tedious. Oddly connected. There was little or no tension. Description was excessive for the moment or purposes. It was difficult to earnest connect with any of the characters. I was happiest when I finished the pages.

Manhattan Beach: A Novel

by Jennifer Egan

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel, Jennifer Egan