Manhattan Beach (audiobook)

A Novel

15.3 hrs • 12 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 06/05/18
Library CD Reissue
- 06/05/18 9781508265344
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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction

Shortlisted for the 2018 Walter Scott Prize

New York Times bestseller

A Time Magazine Top 10 Book of 2017

A USA Today Best Book of the Year selection

A 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year So Far

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

* Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
* Winner of the New York City Book Award
* New York Times Bestseller
* A San Francisco Chronicle Top 10 Book of the Year
* A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2017
* A Time magazine and USA Today Top 10 Novel of 2017
* Winner of the Booklist Top of the List for Fiction
* Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction
* Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, The Guardian, Vogue, Esquire, Kirkus Reviews, Philadelphia Inquirer, BookPage, Bustle, Southern Living, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Immensely satisfying…an old-fashioned page-turner, tweaked by this witty and sophisticated writer…Egan is masterly at displaying mastery…she works a formidable kind of magic.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.

‎Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, one of the great writers of our time.

Review Quotes

“A trio of narrators deftly weave their voices to bring to life the breathtaking story of Anna Kerrigan, her father Eddie, and the gangster Dexter Styles. Heather Lind’s voice matures as Anna grows from a curious child into an ambitious woman…Styles [is] made gruff and imposing by Vincent Piazza. Listeners learn Eddie’s secrets through Norbert Leo Butz’s steady narration, which shifts into despair and terror so suddenly that he will make you gasp aloud in shock. The promise and danger of the sea are central to this story, and Egan plumbs their depths as the narrators bring intensity to the characters’ intertwined fates. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


“Egan’s first foray into historical fiction makes you forget you’re reading historical fiction at all.”


“A novel that deserves to join the canon of New York stories.”

New York Times Book Review

“Dares to satisfy us in a way that stories of an earlier age used to.”

Washington Post

“An old-fashioned page-turner, tweaked by this witty and sophisticated writer…[Egan] works a formidable kind of magic.”

New York Times

“Ambitiously and deliciously plot-driven.


“Tremendously assured and rich, moving from depictions of violence and crime to deep tenderness. The book’s emotional power once again demonstrates Egan’s extraordinary gifts.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Propulsive, surprising, ravishing, and revelatory…a profound page-turner that will transport and transform every reader.”

Booklist (starred review)