Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach is a multi-layered noir-tinged novel set in 1940s Brooklyn. With intimate focus, Egan follows Eddie Kerrigan, a tough Irishman who survives the Depression by taking a job as a bagman to mobster Dexter Styles, and his daughter Anna. Five years after Eddie disappears, Anna becomes the first woman diver in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, repairing warships and offering acute assessments of the “naked prejudice” of her supervisor and the eerie pleasures of underwater work. Egan crafts unforgettable scenes and builds to an explosive ending that blends submarine attacks on a US warship off the African coast with a domestic crisis that threatens Anna’s future. Her A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer and National Book Critics Circle award. Egan has outdone herself with Manhattan Beach.
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8