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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2018 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
The long-awaited audiobook 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 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.
Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always 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 career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister.
At a nightclub she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.
Mesmerising, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organised crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan's first historical audiobook 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 magnificent audiobook by one of the greatest writers of our time.
©2017 Jennifer Egan (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jane F. Clifton on 03-05-18

Read it before they ruin it with a film version

Great listen. Interesting story set against the background of what life was like for women working for the war effort on the docks of New York, about gangsters, about the unions, about the warships. A thriller, a love story, a weepie.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marie on 04-08-18

A clever and intriguing novel

Set in wartime USA, the book is a tale of relationship and interwoven lives.
It is also a tale of the struggle to survive. The characters are well crafted, subtle, and well rounded.
Anna, her father and her father's employer are the central characters, their relationships complicated and interwoven.
I was captivated by the wonderful story and the performances.
I will seek out more books by the author.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Natasha L on 02-26-18

I just didn’t get it!

Meandering and long. I very much missed the point of it. Was something supposed to have happened?!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Avril on 01-05-18

It's an easy listen

I love the social history and would have loved some more to help pad out the story

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alison on 11-22-17

Wonderful story and narration.

really enjoyed this story. great characters and story line. loved the water element throughout and the diving descriptions.

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