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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Egan Narrator: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781442399990
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LONGLISTED for the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.

“Immensely satisfying…an old-fashioned page-turner, tweaked by this witty and sophisticated writer…Egan is masterly at displaying mastery…she works a formidable kind of magic.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

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

“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

“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

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

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.

With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, one of the great writers of our time. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Jennifer Egan is a writer of tremendous intelligence and grace.”
  • Jennifer Egan is . . . dizzyingly inventive.”
  • Is there anything Egan can’t do?” 
  • 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.” 
  • “A trio of narrators deftly weave their voices to bring to life the breathtaking story of Anna Kerrigan, her father Eddie, and the gangster Dexter Styles. Heather Lind’s voice matures as Anna grows from a curious child into an ambitious woman…Styles [is] made gruff and imposing by Vincent Piazza. Listeners learn Eddie’s secrets through Norbert Leo Butz’s steady narration, which shifts into despair and terror so suddenly that he will make you gasp aloud in shock. The promise and danger of the sea are central to this story, and Egan plumbs their depths as the narrators bring intensity to the characters’ intertwined fates. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • Praise for Jennifer Egan:

    “Jennifer Egan may well be the best living American novelist.” 

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

    Elle

  • “A novel that deserves to join the canon of New York stories.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Dares to satisfy us in a way that stories of an earlier age used to.”

    Washington Post

  • “An old-fashioned page-turner, tweaked by this witty and sophisticated writer…[Egan] works a formidable kind of magic.”

    New York Times

  • “Ambitiously and deliciously plot-driven.

    NPR’s Fresh Air

  • “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)

  • “Propulsive, surprising, ravishing, and revelatory…a profound page-turner that will transport and transform every reader.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
  • New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year So Far
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About the Author
Author Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan is the author of The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story,and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction frequently appears in  New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.

About the Narrators

Norbert Leo Butz is an American actor, singer, and narrator best known for his work in Broadway theater. He is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and is one of only nine actors ever to have won the award twice as lead actor.

Heather Lind is an actress who has appeared in Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, The Last Day of August, and other films and television programs.