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Manhattan Beach By Jennifer Egan Manhattan Beach The long awaited 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 acco

  • Title: Manhattan Beach
  • Author: Jennifer Egan
  • ISBN: 9781476716732
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Manhattan Beach By Jennifer Egan The long awaited 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 a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toysThe long awaited 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 a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy 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 as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father s life, the reasons he might have been murdered.Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan s first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in
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    1. Emily May on said:

      1 1 2 stars Um, definitely not what I was expecting from Egan at all is this really the same author who wrote A Visit from the Goon Squad Manhattan Beach feels like several stories in one, all struggling to come together, all lacking cohesion, none of them emotionally engaging This is a messy book, full of plot points that seem unnecessary and deliberately convoluted Is it a novel about a young woman navigating a male dominated world and work force for the first time Is it a gangster mob story D [...]

    2. Liz on said:

      2.5 stars, rounded up Hope became the memory of hope a numb, dead patch This books starts in the midst of the Depression and continues during WWII Anna is initially a twelve year old and a true daddy s girl Then she s working at the Naval Yard during the war and her father has disappeared five years earlier The writing here is as good as you d expect from Jennifer Egan And she s done her research and the parts of the book describing the Naval Yard and the merchant ships ring true But for some re [...]

    3. Angela M on said:

      I can t say I loved A Visit From the Goon Squad as much as the Pulitzer Prize committee or the National Book Critics Circle, or the many five star reviewers on , but I liked it well enough to want to give this one a try and I m so glad I did It s a very different kind of book than Goon Squad It s a work of historical fiction beginning around the Great Depression and continuing through the war years It appears to be well researched and in my view definitely well written It seems at first that the [...]

    4. Arah-Lynda on said:

      It is not as though I had high expectations going into this Having never read a Jennifer Egan novel before I was bereft of preconceived notions.But based on the blurb and certainly on the first few chapters I was eager to continue reading what promised to be an interesting well written story.Set in depression era Brooklyn, Anna Kerrigan is only 12 years old as the story opens She is accompanying her father Eddie on one of his many errands This one takes them to Manhattan Beach and a far privile [...]

    5. Paromjit on said:

      This is a hauntingly ambitious historical novel of the sea and New York, set during the Depression era and the Second World War It is impeccably researched in its period details and well plotted Anna Kerrigan is 11 years old, with her beloved father, Eddie, as they make their way to Manhatton Beach, and the opulent home of nightclub owner Dexter Styles, a man with ties to the mob The family are barely getting by, Eddie is a bagman for the union and he wants a job with Dexter He needs money for h [...]

    6. Cheri on said:

      NOW AVAILABLE 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 rea [...]

    7. Robin on said:

      Expectations They ll get you every time.I haven t read the award winning and controversial book by this author, A Visit from the Goon Squad But I understood, from many reviews, some found it dull, some found it pointless, others found it ultra modern and stylistic, but none really questioned the actual writing thank the good lord, since it won the Pulitzer.So, I was thrilled to receive the ARC of this book, eager to dive into the writing of a new to me author who had risen to the top of the top [...]

    8. Hannah on said:

      That was disappointing I adored A Visit from the Goon Squad it was one of my favourite books of last year, so you can imagine how beyond excited I was to read this book I took my sweet time starting it to be able to read it at the just the right moment, I was so sure I would love this But I didn t I enjoyed the first chapter and was ok with the ones following until around page 150 when I realized that I have no idea what the point is, what the book is about, what I am supposed to feel The book i [...]

    9. Doug H on said:

      Do yourself a favor and do not believe the paid reviewers who are giving this good or even somewhat decent reviews I don t usually curse in my reviews, but the truth is that this is half assed crap bordering on total shit The characters are flat, the plot flounders and everything is presented via repeat descriptions of Veronica Lake hairdos and laughably bad James Cagney film dialogue When characters are no longer needed, they die, move far away or just mysteriously disappear I also hated the te [...]

    10. HollyB on said:

      2.5 starsManhattan Beach takes place in NY during the Great Depression and into World War II We meet twelve year old Anna Kerrigan and her father, Eddie Eddie s other daughter, Lydia is severely crippled and the family has no money for the wheelchair that she needs Manhattan Beach is home to a rich gangster, Dexter Styles and Eddie brings Anna to his home, seeking a job that he desperately needs to care for Lydia and his family Exactly what is Eddie and Dexter s relationship The story moves forw [...]

    11. Lori on said:

      I made it about half way through this one Just, not interested Apologies

    12. Ron Charles on said:

      Jennifer Egan has wisely chosen not to compete with Goon Squad and its postmodern razzle dazzle Instead, her new book leaps into the past, offering us a story built on sturdy older forms polished to a high sheen Manhattan Beach longlisted for a National Book Award even before it was released is a historical novel set during World War II in New York The country isn t entirely in agreement about entering another foreign war, but cue the big band, cheer the troops This is a nation finally crawling [...]

    13. Bianca on said:

      I read the blurb for this novel and it sounded right up my alley, so I decided to give Jennifer Egan another go although I didn t care to finish A Visit from the Goon Squad her Pulitzer winning novel.As you can tell from my rating, I didn t love Manhattan Beach either A masterpiece, it is not I wish publishers stopped writing that in blurbs, how about letting the readers and the critics come to that conclusion Honestly, reading it felt like work The writing was very accessible So what didn t wor [...]

    14. Andrew Smith on said:

      This book tells the story of Anna Kerrigan, born into an Irish family in Brooklyn shortly before the Great Depression It s the story of her family too sister Lydia, mother Agnes and father Eddie but these other family members flit in and out of the narrative whilst Anna is always present, even when the focus isn t directly upon her When Eddie is forced to find a new way of feeding his family the Depression having seen off his career as a stockbroker he finds himself becoming a bag man , deliveri [...]

    15. Lisa on said:

      An poignant and compelling novel which is deep in strength and courage and rich in historical detail SUMMARYA spirited eleven year old, Anna Kerrigan accompanies her beloved father, Eddie to the grand Brooklyn beach home of handsome underworld figure, Dexter Styles It s a cold winter day in 1934 and Dexter is charmed by the indomitable Anna who delightedly removes her shoes on the beach and puts her tiny toes into the frigid surf With his family desperately in need of money, Eddie soon begins wo [...]

    16. Louise Wilson on said:

      This novel is set in Brooklyn during the Great Depression Anna Kerrigan is nearly 12 years old She accompanies her father to the house of a man whom she learns is crucial to the survival if her family Years later, her father disappears and the country is at war Anna becomes the first female diver, a dangerous and exclusive occupation repairing ships that will help America win the war Anna is the sole provider for her mother and her severely disabled sister.For me, the book started off really wel [...]

    17. Jenny (Reading Envy) on said:

      I have previously loved books by Jennifer Egan, so I gave this one time than I usually would before deciding not to finish I read the first 35% pretty closely, skimmed up to 50%, and just had to decide this isn t the book for me I think there were some interesting elements women working in shipyards, the mystery of the father s disappearance, the sister with health issues but just when one of these storylines would start to get interesting, the author would divert to mundane details about some [...]

    18. Jessica on said:

      I have tried desperately to get into this book, but I ve now started it over for a third time and it s just not jelling for me.

    19. Bam on said:

      3.5 stars rounded up Anna Kerrigan has a memory of visiting Dexter Styles lovely home overlooking Manhattan Beach in NYC with her father when she was a young girl Eddie Kerrigan is a bagman for a gangster, so what business does he have with Mr Styles, who runs several nightclubs When, in 1937, Eddie disappears, his wife, Anna and her crippled little sister, Lydia must fend for themselves, not knowing why he deserted them, or if he is dead or alive.Five years later, with WWII underway, Anna is wo [...]

    20. Rebecca Foster on said:

      Set in the 1930s and 1940s, this is the story of Anna Kerrigan, a New Yorker of Irish extraction whose father disappears after working for Dexter Styles, a gangster who owns several nightclubs Egan focuses on interesting historical side notes such as Anna s work as a diver at Brooklyn Navy Yard during WWII, but in general her insertion of period detail is not very natural I couldn t help but compare this with her previous novel, the highly original A Visit From the Goon Squad, which won a Pulitz [...]

    21. Drew on said:

      What can t she do is right Turns out Jennifer Egan can do anything she damn well pleases, including take 7 years to write a World War II novel that manages to shuck all the expected conventions of writing about those years There is some amount of mystery here but it isn t a mystery novel, just like there s plenty of history but it isn t a historical novel Egan s writing has all the pleasure of a comfy blanket on a crisp autumn morning so what luck that this fall brings a joy like this novel.

    22. Rae Meadows on said:

      A 3.5 I suppose I was disappointed by this novel I really liked Goon Squad, but Manhattan Beach Meh Although it was a competent and well formed novel, it didn t dazzle me There s nothing glaringly wrong with it, but I was never emotionally invested It felt overburdened by research, and at times the plot felt like stretch The period dialog felt hokey to me at times I live across the street from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, so that was fun, looking out on Building 77, for instance But I didn t dog ear [...]

    23. Skye on said:

      For the most part I enjoyed this long meandering read There were plenty of twists and surprises, some believable than others Unfortunately, I found several passages throughout the book so slow it just made the story drag.

    24. Karen on said:

      Manhattan Beach written by Jennifer EganThis is a hard review for me to write, because while it is apparent in the acknowledgements Jennifer Egan lists the many people she interviewed and the many books she read to meticulously research and bring this book to life, it was a disappointing experience I have tremendous respect for this Pulitzer Prize winning author whose historical novel Manhattan Beach will most likely find her audience of fans for this book I found this book to be the most engagi [...]

    25. Jessica Woodbury on said:

      There is this thing with me and Jennifer Egan books I feel like I should love them but they don t quite hit right Even with A Visit From the Goon Squad, the one I liked best, I didn t have the effusive response everyone else did And yet I keep reading them, waiting to break the cycle But here we are again, much the same as before.In this story of a daughter, Anna, whose father disappears under mysterious circumstances, there is a lot to love If you are a reader of historical fiction, there s so [...]

    26. Gumble's Yard on said:

      The author s follow up book to the brilliant A Visit from the Goon Squad I could not help but admire the author s versatility and bravery in writing such a very different book.And despite its conventionality in complete contrast to its predecessor there is much to admire here Egan s strong writing wears the considerable research behind the book lightly although the diving parts are detailed this do not seem out of keeping for Anna s narration the book captures brilliantly a different sense of Ne [...]

    27. Meike on said:

      This is not a bad novel at all but as a whole, it left me rather unaffected First of all, I want ro applaud Jennifer Egan for not writing A Visit from the Goon Squad Pt II this woman trusted in her talent, went ahead and created something completely different I really appreciate it when a writer is daring and aims to stay exciting and relevant, so I certainly shed no tears just because this artist boldly changed gears Manhattan Beach is a historical novel and the writing is rather traditional, w [...]

    28. Neil on said:

      Yes, as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedded for life Epigraph taken from Moby DickJennifer Egan spent many years researching this novel When she was touring to promote The Keep, she was taking opportunities to visit and interview people who could provide background information Then, before starting to actually write this novel, she published her most well known work A Visit from the Goon Squad.I wonder if Goon Squad is becoming a bit of an albatross around Egan s neck an albatross ma [...]

    29. Roman Clodia on said:

      You sound like a girl in a love serial, Anna said.Well, I haven t read A Visit from the Goon Squad but this isn t at all what I expected from a Pulitzer winner but, then, I hated All the Light We Cannot See so clearly I and the Pulitzer panel are Not As One Firstly, this feels like 3 separate stories crammed together messily the first is Anna s story, she a feisty if oddly flat young woman working in the Brooklyn Naval Yard in 1942 She wants to do a man s job, makes friends with the local glamou [...]

    30. Doug on said:

      My sincere thanks to Netgalley and Simon Schuster for the privilege of reading an ARC of this novel five months prior to publication, in exchange for this honest review WARNING some very mild minor spoilers ensue Let s face it when your last book won every book award under the sun, including the Pulitzer, unless the follow up eagerly anticipated by fans for seven long years is a flat out masterpiece, there is bound to be a bit of disappointment Although Egan s novel is eminently readable, it jus [...]

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