Manhattan Beach (Signed Book)

Manhattan Beach (Signed Book)

by Jennifer Egan

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Manhattan Beach (Signed Book) by Jennifer Egan

The long-awaited, daring, and magnificent 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 Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family.

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 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 with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller, 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 spectacular novel by one of the greatest writers of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501189913
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Egan is the author of five books of fiction, including A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Books Critics Circle Award; The Keep, a national bestseller; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine and many others. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

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Manhattan Beach (Signed Book) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple writing. Simple drama. Most interesting parts were about naval shipyard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of research here. Sometimes the novel attempts to be realistic-- and is; sometimes the attempt fails to convince. Sometimes realism is not what the book is about. This uneven tone is why I gave it only 3 stars. I liked the non-gangster characters. The gangsters were ridiculous at times & not very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a lot to like in this novel. It was obvious that the author did considerable research to recreate the ambiance of WW II USA. I was born in 1942 and the fact that my father worked in the shipyards of Kearny, NJ helped me appeciate Ms Egan's achievement. I took away a star from my rating because I did not swallow much of the gangster sub-plot and especially the capo character Dexter and his family entanglements. The scene on tbe water off Staten Island was cringeworthy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Falling into another world while reading is pure enjoyment. Characters with depth, thoughts and emotions so real you join them in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting story, one that made you think about the characters when you were not reading the book—always the sign of a good novel. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This had potential to be an interesting read, but it wasnt. Under developed characters and a story line that somehow didnt connect them. Very disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great descriptive language. Not a lot of character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful writer. I could barely put the book down.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Absolutely riveting. Loved the story and all of the characters. Fantastic writing.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Well researched and rich with characters. This book twists at each turn. I feel that I visited the past.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Too much research and not enough humanity made what could have been a fabulous novel just a so-so read. Considering all the hype , I found this book a disappointment .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the idea of a female diver! Story was a bit long-winded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not enough fleshing out of characters and lots of it bored me. She captures the navy yard atmosphere well but not much about Brooklyn during this period. was looking for more about the rest of the family, and why the father left was a little fuzzy and was not answered at the end. Gangster angle was a bit flat. Seems more like a summer read than an award winner. Was disappointed as it was our book club pick and was not available at library so I had to purchase for 13.99. I don’t see much for us to discuss...just ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ganster was hrd to believe. He belittled her accomplishment by diving and then to find the watch???
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read - I really enjoyed it. Though the ending seemed a bit abrupt. Unfinished almost.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved reading this book and sharing Anna Kerrigan's life journey. A story that was set in pre-war and during World War II. It dealt with so many topics that were current at that time. Men leaving their families because they couldn't handle the fact they could not provide for them was just one. It also dealt with women doing men's jobs and the harassment that those women dealt with on a daily basis. I really felt like I was living in that era while reading this book. The author did such a great job in so aspects with this book. A coming of age story that, for me, was excellent, unputdownable and one that I will surely think back to 2017 and consider it one of the best reads that year. Now, I am certainly driven to read her first major prize winning book "A Visit From the Goon Squad" a copy of which I have, but have never done so. Thanks to Scribner and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan is a highly recommended historical fiction novel set in New York City during the Depression and World War II. In 1934 Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father, Eddie, to visit Dexter Styles at his Manhattan Beach home. Styles is with the mob and Eddie is looking for a job with him so he can leave his job as a bagman for a crooked union official. Styles insists that people who come to visit him bring their families, but Anna is the only family member who can go with Eddie. His wife is at home caring for their severely disable daughter, Lydia. Part of the reason Eddie wants a job with Styles is for the better pay, which will enable him to buy a specially made chair for Lydia. Years later the world is at war. Anna is nineteen and supporting her mother and sister by working at the Brooklyn Navel Yard. Her father, Eddie disappeared five years ago, leaving his family behind with no word. After seeing divers in the yard, Anna is intrigued and obsessively sets her sights on becoming the first female diver. It is at this time that she meets Dexter Styles as an adult, at one of his nightclubs. When Anna meets him again, she hopes he can tell her what happened to her father. The quality of the writing is brilliant. Manhattan Beach manages to capture the time and place to such an extent that you are transported there. What starts out as a seemingly simple, well-written novel evolves into a much more rich and intricate story following three narratives. Adding to the depth of the prose is the ocean as an ever prevalent motif in Manhattan Beach. It transfixes Anna, transports Eddie. It enthralls, mesmerizes, destroys, saves, engages, and employees. It offers life and death. The characters are wonderfully realized and complex. The strengths and flaws of her diverse characters are firmly established. Egan has some surprising phrasing and apt, remarkable descriptions that utterly capture the moment and the emotions and sensations a character is feeling. Her characters are allowed to be themselves, full of conflicting allegiances and emotions, without resorting to clichés. In the final analysis, however, I do wish that Egan has chosen to keep the story focused on Anna. While I can logically see the wisdom behind the choice to branch out and spend so much time on all three narratives, Anna was the character I was drawn to and cared anxiously about. She had my fealty and support, while the actions of Styles and Eddie were more of a passing interest. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Scribner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning of the book I liked. The writing style was exceptionally good. It was interesting to read about how divers were used in WWII/ Furthermore, it had a stronger plot line than much modern that I have recently read which I liked. However, the ending of the book was very weak. The book just stopped with no resolution; the style of the first half of the book required a strong finish that had a twist. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
CRSK More than 1 year ago
What I was drawn to: The story centers on Anna Kerrigan, and her Irish family, beginning in Brooklyn during the Great Depression, an era and location that should come alive, so much rich history to drawn from. So, what did and didn’t work for me? I was drawn into this story for very brief periods of time. When Anna was caring for her sister, whose disabilities require constant care and supervision, her devotion to her sister - admirable, and her delight when Lydia showed any positive reaction, charmingly sweet. When Anna’s father took her on a business related house call to a man who lived by the sea. When Anna was with her friend Nell, she came alive, again. When Anna fights her way through the negative view of women doing men’s work in her dreams to learn to dive, she shows her spirit and determination. However, there are also many situations where Anna’s just another character, lost and fading. It wasn’t really that Anna was a more likable character than the others, it was a mixture of the episodic shuffle of time and place and person, which made the structure of this story feel very disjointed, and possibly even more for me was feeling as though there was a lot of ‘telling’ and not enough ‘showing,’ the writing, unnatural and stilted. I was indifferent at least as much or more than I was interested. The writing is decent, but I did not find it to be above average or lovely. My interest diminished, my attention drifted. My frustration grew. I am sure that there will be more than a sufficient number of readers who will love this novel. Perhaps I expected too much, but I know I wanted more. Many thanks for the ARC provided by Scribner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terrible. Interesting story to stasrt, but jums around and edns soso. And way too many great coincidences like diving and finding. Fathets watch. Hard to bbelieve won awards or was even considered. Maybe ok read for eighth grade girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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