RAINY DAY EXCERPTS: “MANHATTAN BEACH”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, originally hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea and now hosted by I’d Rather Be at the Beach; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is a library book:  Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan, takes us into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men in a dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world.

 

 

Intro:  (The Shore)

They’d driven all the way to Mr. Styles’s house before Anna realized that her father was nervous.  First the ride had distracted her, sailing along Ocean Parkway as if they were headed for Coney Island, although it was four days past Christmas and impossibly cold for the beach.  Then the house itself:  a palace of golden brick three stories high, windows all the way around, a rowdy flapping of green-and-yellow striped awnings.  It was the last house on the street, which dead-ended at the sea.

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Teaser Tuesday:  She had never cried.  When she’d believed he was about to return, there had been nothing to cry about, and when at last she’d stopped believing, it was too late. (p. 59).

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Synopsis:  Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.

‎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 once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

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What do you think?  Do the snippets intrigue you?  Make you want to keep reading?

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29 thoughts on “RAINY DAY EXCERPTS: “MANHATTAN BEACH”

    • Thanks, Catherine, I have had mixed reactions to some of Egan’s books, so I’m glad I got this one from the library. But I suspect I could have gone ahead and bought it. I think I’m going to enjoy it.

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    • Thanks, Diane, I’ve read and enjoyed several books by Egan, but was so put off by the most recent one I read (A Visit from the Goon Squad) that it took a while to pick this one up…and then I got it from the library, as a lower risk way to add it to my stacks. I think I’m going to like this one.

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    • I’m enjoying it, Kristyn, but it is moving slowly…primarily because I keep getting distracted. Plus, I just got two more library books (this one is a library book), and I’m feeling pressured to finish this one. Pressure does not enhance my enjoyment! LOL

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