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Manhattan Beach

by Jennifer Egan

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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2017, 448 pages
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    Jun 2018, 448 pages

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Jennifer Egan's first historical novel has a wealth of detail about organized crime, naval operations and the role of women of New York during World War II.

Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer prize-winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad, has turned her writer's eye toward historical fiction with Manhattan Beach, primarily set in New York during World War II.

The story concerns Anna Kerrigan, daughter of Eddie, an Irish bagman receiving and delivering bribes for a corrupt union official. Eddie has reluctantly embraced the underworld in order to provide for his wife Agnes, and their daughters Anna and Lydia, who is crippled. The novel opens with Anna, then aged 12, accompanying her father to visit nightclub owner Dexter Styles at his home on Manhattan Beach. Egan then moves forward several years and the family situation is much changed. Anna has left college and is working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard (see Beyond the Book), aspiring to be a diver who repairs ships, and Eddie has disappeared. When the adult Anna crosses paths with Dexter ...

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