Manhattan Beach: ABC

ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts (Australia), 10/29/17

“I got interested in the waterfront because I was looking at pictures of New York during World War II, and what astonished me was the omnipresence of the water. It was the conduit for human beings and everything they needed or used. It was the only way anything or anyone got anywhere.”

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Manhattan Beach: Dallas News

Dallas News, 10/25/17

“I guess there was just something thrilling to me about dramatizing someone going under sea. It has such an archetypal storytelling aspect to it. It just felt inevitable.”

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Manhattan Beach: City Pages

City Pages, 10/26/17

I was really interested in New York during World War II, specifically what it felt like to sense the juggernaut of American global superpower beginning to form. What was that moment like?”

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Manhattan Beach, The New Yorker

The New Yorker, 10/16/17 

“Egan often dreams about finding a door that leads to an unknown room, like the one that Anna senses in metaphor. Sometimes the door leads to a garden. They are wonderful dreams. They are dreams about writing.”

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Manhattan Beach: SF Gate

SF Gate, 10/23/17

“Lots of little details about the women and the things that happened to them found their way into the narrative. For example, the fact that the air smelled like chocolate — that was one of those details that a number of different people mentioned.”

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Manhattan Beach: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 10/18/17

“I feel like every book I write requires its own voice in which to be told… The big challenge for me, with each book, is to find a new voice, with which to tell this very different kind of story.”

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Manhattan Beach: Write the Book

Write the Book, 10/11/17

“I had long wanted to write a book about female power. This era seemed like a great one to explore. There were so many more restrictions on female behavior than there are now, and yet, as of the war, everything was open to question. Lives were changing.”

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Manhattan Beach: New York Times

New York Times Book Review Podcast with Pamela Paul, 10/06/17 

“New York felt like a war zone for several months after 9/11… It made me think about the trajectory of American global power, and wonder about the future of that trajectory, but also, wonder about the past of it: World War II.”

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Manhattan Beach: NPR

NPR, 10/05/17 

“It was such a thrill to finally feel like I had imbibed enough information that it felt natural to me. It felt like time travel actually.”

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The Guardian, 9/24/2017

The Guardian, 9/24/2017

“…I’ve learned there is a feeling I have about things that are going to end up in my fiction, a kind of excitement. I have this dream again and again: I find extra rooms in the place where I live. You could say it’s a very New York dream, but I think it’s about writing – the feeling that there is something behind a wall or a door. When I went on my first tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, I had the sense that I was pushing through a wall. I was in a hidden city.”

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Pop Matters 2/21/12

Pop Matters, 2/21/12

“I don’t like this so called high brow versus commercial dichotomy because I feel it isolates both camps in an area that I’m guessing no one particularly wants to be in.”

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Seattle Met

Seattle Met, 1/26/12

“I just love not being attached to a machine…Maybe I lose something in terms of velocity, but I think I gain it in terms of freedom.”

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Huffington Post San Francisco

Huffington Post San Francisco, 10/10/11

“I made a study of what the counterculture consisted of, and it led me into other queries, like the impact of mass media on people’s inner lives, the longing for transcendence as a basic human yearning, the human tendency to wish ourselves in other times and places.”

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