Manhattan Beach: Globe and Mail

Globe and Mail, 10/13/17 

“What is revelatory is how beautifully drawn, vivid and moving this familiar setup is when crafted by Egan’s skilled hand. Although the basic structure and setting is perhaps standard, her talent renders it anew – making Manhattan Beach a sparkling, lush epic of a novel.”

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Manhattan Beach: Esquire

Esquire, 10/18/17

“Anna Kerrigan, Eddie’s beloved, abandoned daughter, a young woman of exceptional smarts and strength, brilliantly realised by Egan … the new book offers a wholly immersive experience. It is a novel of the sea and the land, full of watery metaphors but also concrete situations and people so real you feel you could reach out and touch them. Anna Kerrigan is her heroine for her times, and ours too. There won’t be many better works of fiction published this year.”

Manhattan Beach: The Spectator

The Spectator, 10/14/17

“…shares with Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad and an earlier novel, The Keep, a vivid apprehension of the provisionality of human life and the onus on fiction to dispose itself accordingly in the attempt to capture it.”

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Manhattan Beach: Sunday Telegraph

Sunday Telegraph, 10/15/17

“Elements of noirish thriller keep you turning the pages, only stopping occasionally to marvel at another pitch-perfect description. If Philip Roth had written Manhattan Beach, they would call it a masterpiece. And maybe it is, or close.”

Manhattan Beach: TLS

TLS, 10/10/17

“…What the reading public needs right now, Manhattan Beach is enormously entertaining and satisfying: an escape, perhaps, but also a reminder.”

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Manhattan Beach: The Atlantic

The Atlantic, 10/10/17

“Joy, purification, renewal, death—the sea is all of these things in Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan’s intricately patterned and visionary new novel… Egan’s novel suggests patterns and motivations that exist at a level far deeper than rationality.”

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Manhattan Beach: Slate

Slate, 10/10/17

“The novel is more deeply imagined than most historical fiction; Egan summons the material and social texture of 1940s New York, from the cosmetics to the food to the sounds and smells of street and apartment and merchant marine life, so completely that the world of the novel closes over its reader’s head like the waters of Wallabout Bay engulfing Anna on her first dive.”

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Manhattan Beach: Time Magazine

Time Magazine, 10/05/17

“Though the prose is exquisite, Egan never lets it get in the way of the story. In bouts of glamour, adventure and violence, she gives the narrative a cinematic feel, while grounding it in Anna’s realistic frustrations with society… Readers of today will find her story of daring and persistence deeply resonant.”

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Manhattan Beach: Daily Mail

Daily Mail, 10/05/17

“Egan isn’t shy about sharing her research and a lesser book might have been capsized by its weight; here, the detail serves only to deepen and enrich. Mystery novels, thinks Anna, are unsatisfying in part because they take place ‘in a single realm’ only. The genius of this book is that Egan successfully plumbs so many.”

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Manhattan Beach: National Post

National Post, 10/04/17

“Manhattan Beach opens with a quote from Moby-Dick: “Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.” And like Melville’s great novel, which can teach you everything you may wish to know about 19th-century whaling and cetology, Manhattan Beach itself plumbs the inky depths of midcentury diving, detailing the exhaustion, the danger and the exhilaration in equal measure. Water is like a metronome keeping the beat in this time- and perspective-shifting novel.”

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Manhattan Beach: The Irish Times

The Irish Times, 10/07/17

“To find a compelling story well told, one that is full of complex characters and sentences so luminous they stop you in your tracks, is one of literature’s greatest pleasures. That pleasure is bestowed liberally by Jennifer Egan in Manhattan Beach.”

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Manhattan Beach: Stylist (U.K.)

Stylist (U.K.), 08/25/17

“2017’s Most Anticipated Book’ ‘… it‘s one that will suck you into its orbit and remind you just why it is you love reading. It seems there’s little Egan can’t turn her hand to.”

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Manhattan Beach: Tatler (U.K.)

Tatler (U.K.) 

“Rich in historical detail, full of seductive characters and teeming with human incident, Manhattan Beach proves once again what a gifted storyteller Egan is … Manhattan Beach is an enthralling mystery tale.”

Manhattan Beach: Daily Mail (U.K.)

Daily Mail (U.K.), 10/23/17

“Egan’s first foray into historical fiction, this is a more conventional book than her fans might expect, but it’s as darkly immersive an experience as Anna’s dives.”

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