Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan Book Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A New York Times Notable Book
Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author.
Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Esquire, Vogue, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA TODAY, and Time
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.
“A magnificent achievement, at once a suspenseful noir intrigue and a transporting work of lyrical beauty and emotional heft” (The Boston Globe), “Egan’s first foray into historical fiction makes you forget you’re reading historical fiction at all” (Elle). Manhattan Beach takes us into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men in a dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world.
Manhattan Beach (Jennifer Egan) Book Reviews
Manhattan BeachSo-So ———if I’m felling generous, barely that if I’m not. I couldn’t get into it because I thought it was tedious..Score: 2/5
Many aspects boringI had high hopes for this novel, having read multiple positive reviews. I didn’t care about the characters, or the underwater work which was such a major element of this book. Sorely disappointed..Score: 1/5
Great, interesting read!I’m not a history buff, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book..Score: 5/5
Just okayI got through the book though never gripped by the story after the initial few chapters. It seemed like a long walk through the woods to get to the end and even there, nothing to be excited about. It did not hold my interest like A Visit from the Goon Squad, I hope Egan’s next book packs more punch into the story than this one..Score: 3/5
Fantastic read, yet not fully satisfyingManhattan Beach leaves you wanting more and makes you not want to put it down. But I was somewhat irritated at how often it switched POV and at the most intense times. I understand that this technique makes the reader want to continue reading but I wish it had disclosed exactly what happened to Dexter Styles at the time of his death. Not knowing exactly what happened to him, as we know with the other characters, left me annoyed. Other than that, overall it is a fantastic read with many surprises and revelations. Bravo..Score: 4/5
Manhattan beachFrom start to finish fabulous. Even if I did not get back to reading it for 2 or 3 days. I always remembered what had happened previously. Characters stayed with me.. so happy Anna saved her child. All babies are a gift from God. Joan francis.Score: 5/5
Manhattan BeachI enjoyed the book but it was not a “page turner”. I felt like the author either has a huge vocabulary or decided to pepper the book with obscure words every so often. Not my favorite..Score: 3/5
BeautifulSo well written and so beautiful.Score: 5/5
Manhattan BeachJennifer Egan never disappoints. Great characters embraced by a wonderful story..Score: 5/5
Interesting and well written....LONG in the middle.Interesting topic A lot of characters .....sometimes the author switches right into another story line without a pause or even a page break. Ran rather LONG in the middle.Score: 3/5
UnforgettableWhen I finished this book I felt: I have just read a great book. I was feeling it will be hard to find another that is this good. Potential readers can find the plot summary and many reviews of Manhattan Beach. Reading this book by a gifted writer is pure pleasure..Score: 5/5
Well writtenInteresting characters and prose..Score: 5/5
Manhattan BeachI loved the main character’s tenacity and willingness to take massive risks.Score: 4/5
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