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Manhattan Beach: A Novel by [Egan, Jennifer]
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of October 2017: With Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan—who dazzled readers with her Pulitzer Prize-winning, A Visit from the Goon Squad—spins a classic historical novel. Classic in the sense that it’s virtually impossible to put down. Classic in its sepia toned portrait of New York: set on the Brooklyn docks during World War II, when mobsters ruled, the war loomed, and a young girl dove her way into becoming the first female diver on the squad. Classic in its quintessentially satisfying characters: crooked gangsters, disappearing fathers, gritty sailors and an intrepid young woman equally at home in a 200 pound diving suit and a green silk dress who unites them all. Classic in its revelation of the dangerous, altruistic and nefarious choices people make to support their family, their country and themselves. Manhattan Beach is classic in all of its American glory. —Al Woodworth

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"A bounteous miracle that makes you feel that past time, and our time, differently; everything becomes freshly energized, infused with humanity, vital, sad, and full of importance. To see the world through Egan’s eyes is to be moved, through language, to new adoration of the world. I don’t know a better writer working today. There is a generosity in her prose that is vastly enlivening to its reader and brings about that beautiful effect fiction sometimes causes: more, and better-grounded, fondness for reality, just as it is."—George Saunders

"Manhattan Beach is so rich in detail and atmosphere; such an exploration of underworlds of all kinds, filled with lessons on lifelines and buoyancy and how to bear life’s weight by diving deep into it. Jennifer Egan has masterfully conjured an era we are on the cusp of losing. Her novel is an absorbing story, beautifully written. Its strands of subtle intrigue and quiet heroism make you reluctant to leave each page while eager to get to the next."M.L. Stedman

“Tremendously assured and rich, moving from depictions of violence and crime to deep tenderness. The book’s emotional power once again demonstrates Egan’s extraordinary gifts.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“After stretching the boundaries of fiction in myriad ways...Egan does perhaps the only thing left that could surprise: she writes a thoroughly traditional novel. Realistically detailed, poetically charged, and utterly satisfying: apparently there’s nothing Egan can’t do.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“Egan’s propulsive, surprising, ravishing, and revelatory saga, a covertly profound page-turner that will transport and transform every reader, casts us all as divers in the deep, searching for answers, hope, and ascension.” Booklist (starred review)

“This large, ambitious novel shows Egan at the top of her game. Anna is a true feminist heroine, and her grit and tenacity will make readers root for her.”— Library Journal (starred review)

“Immensely satisfying . . . [Manhattan Beach] is a dreadnought of a World War II-era historical novel, bristling with armaments yet intimate in tone. It’s an old-fashioned page-turner, tweaked by this witty and sophisticated writer so that you sometimes feel she has retrofitted sleek new engines inside a craft owned for too long by James Jones and Herman Wouk. . .  . She is masterly at displaying mastery. . . . Egan’s fiction buzzes with factual crosscurrents, casually deployed. . . .  Egan works a formidable kind of magic . . . This is a big novel that moves with agility.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times 

"A novel that deserves to join the canon of New York stories."-- Amor Towles, New York Times Book Review

“Excellent . . . .Manhattan Beach is a fleet, sinuous epic, abounding with evocative details and felicitous metaphors . . . . [it] magnificently captures the country on the brink of triumph and triumphalism.”Bookforum

“Manhattan Beach is ambitiously and deliciously plot-driven.NPR's Fresh Air

“Egan’s first foray into historical fiction makes you forget you’re reading historical fiction at all.”Elle

“Egan’s prose is transparent and elegant. . . .But the chief joy of reading Manhattan Beach lies in diving under the surface pleasures of the plot (which are plentiful — it’s immersive and compelling), and sinking slowly to its dark and unknowable depths. There are deep truths there.” Vox

“This truly fine novel, so rich in period and emotional atmosphere and so cunningly plotted, is a joy — one of the standouts of the year.”Newsday

“Egan’s most remarkable accomplishment yet. . . . At once a suspenseful novel of noir intrigue, a gorgeously wrought and richly allusive literary tapestry, and a transporting work of lyrical beauty and emotional heft, Manhattan Beach is a magnificent achievement.” Priscilla Gilman, The Boston Globe

“…dares to satisfy us in a way that stories of an earlier age used to.” – Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“An unusually well written, well researched, emotionally satisfying page-turner . . . Manhattan Beach is the kind of book you can immerse yourself in happily.” Heller McAlpin, San Francisco Chronicle

“What Jennifer Egan gives us in Manhattan Beach . . . is good, old-fashioned writing—or old-fashioned good writing, which is something else again.”Ellen Akins, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Rich, brilliant, capacious . . . Egan has every gift a writer can possess . . . . Moving, mournful, and often profound.” —USA Today

“Jennifer Egan . . . continues a string of wildly various and imaginative novels with Manhattan Beach… The thrill of her novels is in the dive to places unknown.”Alexandra Wolfe, Wall Street Journal

“[Egan has a] talent for dazzling, specific descriptions that animate each chapter, and dialogue that rings true to her memorable characters and their era.” Eileen Weiner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The novel’s crooked politicians, organized-crime bosses, and shady cops make it read like a fast-paced, hard-boiled drama.” —Marie Claire

 “Exquisitely wrought.”—Entertainment Weekly

 

“Manhattan Beach is an enthralling work of historical fiction that weaves together beautiful imagery, an immersive story, and compelling characters into a single story of family secrets and unconditional love.”– My San Antonio

"Ambitious, compassionate, engrossing.”Francine Prose, The New York Review of Books

“A richly imagined portrait of a bygone era.”–Houston Chronicle

“Genuinely affecting and handsomely constructed. It moves for all the right reasons.”– The Independent UK

“A work of remarkable cinematic scope. . . . This is a novel that will pull you in and under and carry you away on its rip tides. . . . Its resonances continue to wash over the reader long after the novel ends.”– The Guardian UK

“A story of Dickensian ambition that benefits mightily from [Egan’s] meticulous attention to detail and her rich, evocative language.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“[Egan’s] prose moves in a way that feels effortless, a sure sign that it’s anything but. . . . It’s the best sort of historical fiction, transporting the reader to another place without ever loosing bonds of the familiar. Egan’s characters are vivid, their authenticity a kind of wonder, their losses and joys achingly true. . . . Egan sets the knot, and we are all in thrall.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

 

“Intricately patterned and visionary . . . .Manhattan Beach . . . plunges into the past to discover what lies beneath the surface of our own world.” —The Atlantic

“Reading Manhattan Beach feels restorative . . . deeply imagined . . . [and] very, very welcome.”Slate

"Highly atmospheric... immediate... expertly written" –Goop

“It’s an astutely executed piece of historical literature that’s also unafraid to indulge in the thrills of its rich plot.”—Minneapolis City Pages

“Manhattan Beach is… beautifully written throughout… But for an author who won literature’s highest accolade for a book based on its uniqueness, it’s perhaps even more impressive that she can also write a fantastic novel that is, at least on the surface, as classic as they come.” –GQ

“Jennifer Egan does everything right as a novelist, with vivid characters and surprising enough plot twists… but she pushes all her work some notches higher with her evocation of what it feels like to be the first woman to experience the previously forbidden world of undersea divers.” Buffalo News

“Manhattan Beach” is an old-fashioned page-turner that more than delivers on the foreboding promise of its 'Treasure Island'-like opening set piece. The book is a Whitmanesque mosaic that truly does 'embrace multitudes.'” –Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“Haunting, shrewd, and immensely pleasurable.” –The Nation

Praise for Jennifer Egan:

“Jennifer Egan may well be the best living American novelist.” —Joe Klein, Time

“Jennifer Egan is a writer of tremendous intelligence and grace.” The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Jennifer Egan is . . . dizzyingly inventive.” The Washington Post

“Is there anything Egan can’t do?” The New York Times Book Review (cover review)


Product details

  • File Size: 4700 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (October 3, 2017)
  • Publication Date: October 3, 2017
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XWDZJT9
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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