Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

Audiobook CD - 2017 | Unabridged.
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"The long-awaited, daring, and magnificent 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 Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. 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 hadalways 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 careerwith the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan's first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world. Manhattan Beach is a spectacular novel by one of the greatest writers of our time"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [UNITED STATES] : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2017.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781442399983
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (900 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: "The long-awaited, daring, and magnificent 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 Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. 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 hadalways 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 careerwith the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan's first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world. Manhattan Beach is a spectacular novel by one of the greatest writers of our time"-- Provided by publisher.

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TheresaAJ
Mar 29, 2018

Although I found parts of this novel fascinating, I also found the jumping around between stories and time periods disjointing in the audio version. The book centers around Anna Kerrigan -- at 12, near the end of the depression, when her father disappears, and again, at 19, when she breaks all the stereotypes by doing underwater ship repairs for the U.S. Navy during World War II. Along the way, the reader glimpses old New York society, gangster life, a rousing lost at sea story, and a full circle when the man responsible for the disappearance of Anna's father becomes the father of Anna's baby. Covering nearly the first half of the 20th century, the reader is introduced to various subsets of American life that occur in or near the waters of New York City.

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