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THIS WEEK: Gang­sters and strong women pop­u­lated Jen­nifer Egan’s lat­est novel. Plus we re­vist more sto­ries from the city so great they named it twice

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Man­hat­tan Beach Jen­nifer Egan (£ 11.99, COR­SAIR)

OPEN­ING IN DE­PRES­SION- ERA BROOK­LYN, Egan in­tro­duces Anna Ker­ri­gan, whose fa­ther takes her on a visit to the home of Dex­ter Styles, where she wit­nesses a se­cret pact be­tween the two. Later, dur­ing WWII, Anna is work­ing at the Navy Yard – where she has be­come Amer­ica’s first fe­male diver – when a chance meet­ing with Dex­ter sets her on a jour­ney to un­der­stand­ing her now miss­ing fa­ther and his com­plex life. Or­gan­ised crime, the class sys­tem and a trans­for­ma­tive mo­ment in his­tory are skil­fully rolled up in this master­ful novel from the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning au­thor of A Visit From The Goon Squad.


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