MAN­HAT­TAN BEACH

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - ON SCREEN - by Jen­nifer Egan, Ha­chette.

The stun­ning new novel by Pulitzer Prize win­ner Jen­nifer Egan starts be­fore the US was great, let alone yearn­ing to be great again. In “the dregs of 1934”, union bag­man Eddie Ker­ri­gan is seek­ing a job with charm­ing mob­ster Dex­ter Styles and takes his young daugh­ter, Anna, along to their meet­ing at Styles’ home – an en­counter that will shape all their lives. When the story re­sumes, in 1941, Styles is a night­club king­pin, his fixer, Eddie, has dis­ap­peared, and Anna is work­ing at the Brook­lyn Naval Yards, schem­ing to be­come the Navy’s first fe­male diver. Then comes her sec­ond en­counter with Styles... Egan has grafted crime and thriller el­e­ments to a slice of US his­tory, to cre­ate a story of two flawed men and a bold young woman who fi­nally finds the truth about her lost fa­ther.

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