Jennifer Egan: She’ll take Manhattan

Jennifer Egan: She’ll take Manhattan
Jennifer Egan: ‘I think not being 25 helps, because you have a little perspective, and recognise how lucky you are’ Pieter M Van Hattem

Six years ago, Egan won the Pulitzer Prize for the acclaimed story collection A Visit From The Goon Squad, but her new novel Manhattan Beach is a very different beast indeed

Jennifer Egan’s enthusiasm is infectious. The Pulitzer Prize winner’s new novel, Manhattan Beach, is set in the Brooklyn Naval Yard during World War II, and tells the story of Anna Kerrigan, a determined young woman whose Mob-connected father vanished several years before. Bored with her job measuring machine parts, Anna becomes a diver, repairing the ships that will help win the war.

When Egan began considering writing a book about the US home...

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