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our february title is "manhattan beach" by jennifer egan

Join Cuyahoga County Public Library and WKYC-Channel 3 every third Monday of the month on Live on Lakeside for our book club discussion! We’ll take questions, chat about our takeaways from the books and even hear from the authors themselves.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan won the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. BTW, Jennifer Egan will be our guest speaker at the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series on May 1. 



Manhattan Beach by Jennifer EganAbout the book

Manhattan Beach takes place during the World War II era and tells the haunting and propulsive intertwined stories of heroine Anna Kerrigan, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s only female diver, her father Eddie Kerrigan, who works for both the union and the mob, and nightclub owner Dexter Styles, Eddie’s complex and charismatic boss.

“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.” — The Irish Times 

Egan’s most remarkable accomplishment yet ... At once a suspenseful novel of noir intrigue, a gorgeously wrought and richly allusive literary tapestry and a transporting work of lyrical beauty and emotional heft, Manhattan Beach is a magnificent achievement.” — The Boston Globe

Jennifer Egan c Pieter M Van HettemAbout the author

Author Jennifer Egan has written five novels, including The Invisible Circus (1995); which was adapted into a film starring Cameron Diaz; Look at Me (2001), a finalist for the National Book Award; A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Critics Circle Award; and Manhattan Beach (2017), for which she won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Jennifer's stories have appeared in The New YorkerHarper’sGranta and McSweeney’s among other publications. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Egan has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award and “The Bipolar Kid” received a 2009 NAMI Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.