Manhattan Beach is the long-awaited novel from Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Manhattan Beach takes place during the World War II era and tells the haunting and propulsive intertwined stories of heroine Anna Kerrigan, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s only female diver, her father Eddie Kerrigan, who works for both the union and the mob, and nightclub owner Dexter Styles, Eddie’s complex and charismatic boss.
Manhattan Beach is Egan’s fifth novel. In an interview with the New Yorker, Egan chatted about the pressure that comes with writing every new book.
‘Fiction has a magical quality to it, in the sense that none of us really knows where it comes from. It’s like dreaming,’ she says. ‘Well, what if you just stop dreaming? There’s no one to promise us that that won’t happen.’
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