Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan

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By Jennifer Egan

  • Release Date: 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 798 Ratings


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.


  • Fantastic read, yet not fully satisfying

    By mwalkup88
    Manhattan 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.
  • Well written

    By claudiator2
    Interesting characters and prose.
  • Manhattan Beach

    By Eberleigh
    So-So ———if I’m felling generous, barely that if I’m not. I couldn’t get into it because I thought it was tedious.
  • Manhattan Beach

    By Tracyroots
    I loved the main character’s tenacity and willingness to take massive risks
  • Just okay

    By Calalak
    I 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.
  • Manhattan beach

    By seconset islandoo
    From 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
  • Manhattan Beach

    By Jack L H
    I 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.
  • Manhattan Beach

    By pea eater
    Jennifer Egan never disappoints. Great characters embraced by a wonderful story.
  • Interesting and well written....LONG in the middle.

    By Spiff410
    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
  • Great, interesting read!

    By Joe Jackson III
    I’m not a history buff, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.