Mannhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan

Guillermo Stitch

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Has anybody read this?

I think Jennifer Egan is a mesmerising writer. Manhattan Beach is more conventional than Goon Squad, and much longer. It evokes the New York of the Depression and of wartime with great success. It's been described as cinematic and I'd go along with that.

Particular strengths are its unflinching descriptions of the family's relationship ith a disabled and unwell member, descriptions and evocations of the sea and the seamless management of multiple points of view.

It seemed to me to have that kind of hyper lucidity you expect from a Christopher Nolan movie. Dunkirk in particular comes to mind.

I recommend it.
 

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