Podcast: How an idea became a book with Jennifer Egan

Podcast: How an idea became a book with Jennifer Egan

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This week Cheryl is joined by Jennifer Egan, to discuss her latest book Manhattan Beach – a historical novel based on the shore of Manhattan Beach. Together they talk about the drafting process of writing a book, and Jennifer’s quirky habit of writing her fiction by hand.

Podcast guest: Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her 2010 novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her new novel, Manhattan Beach, became an instant New York Times bestseller. It has been awarded the American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. In March 2018, she was named the new President of PEN America.

 

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Duration: 41 minutes

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                  Publisher details

                  Manhattan Beach
                  Author
                  Jennifer Egan
                  Publisher
                  Little Brown
                  Genre
                  Fiction
                  Released
                  03 October, 2017

                  Synopsis

                  'One of the most dazzling novelists writing today . . . It is simply stunning; thrilling, heartbreaking and unputdownable' – The Bookseller, Book of the MonthThe long-awaited novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan's first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world. Manhattan Beach is a magnificent novel by one of the greatest writers of our time.'Haunting . . . Realistically detailed, poetically charged, and utterly satisfying: apparently there's nothing Egan can't do' – Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
                  Jennifer Egan
                  About the author

                  Jennifer Egan

                  Jennifer Egan is the author of A Visit From The Goon Squad, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for FictionThe Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her non-fiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.

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