Manhattan BeachBook - 2017
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GreenwichLibraryTeens Jul 11, 2018
Compelling novel about a young heroine, Anna, who works at the Brooklyn Navy Yards during WWII and becomes one of the first woman divers, while dealing with her elusive gangster father & other colorful characters.
"Manhattan Beach is a beautifully crafted historical novel that captures life in New York City prior to and during World War II. Its powerful and independent heroine, Anna Kerrigan, is a pioneer as a diver in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the war, while at the same time trying to unravel a p... Read More »
The long awaited new novel from the author of A Visit to 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 Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father a... Read More »
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Survival of the fittest. I was fascinated by the way the sea intertwined with the characters throughout the book. The story begins with Anna and her Father, Eddie Kerrigan driving to the home of Dexter Styles to meet him. Anna knows and responds to her Father in a way that is one of cunning and perspective making all the right moves. It begins with Mr. Styles crouched beside Anna on the sand and asked "Why the bare feet". Don't you feel the cold or are you showing off? Anna replies, "Why would I show off. I'm nearly twelve".
He says, "Well, what does it feel like"? "It only hurts at first. After awhile, you can't feel anything". Mr. Styles grinned as if her reply were a ball he'd taken physical pleasure in catching. "Words to live by." he said and rose again to his immense heights. "She's strong", he remarked to Anna's father. "So she is". Her father avoided her eyes.
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