Jennifer Egan's latest novel is an 'old-fashioned adventure story'
Jennifer Egan is the New York-based author behind the novels Look at Me and The Keep. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her 2010 book, A Visit From the Good Squad. But with her latest book, Manhattan Beach (out now), Egan goes somewhere her other novels haven't: the past.
To start, it's a historical fiction set across New York City and the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the '30s and '40s. It also features a character named Anna, a bold, strong, 20-year-old who's one of the first women to work in the American shipyards during World War II. Despite the prejudice of male co-workers and a lieutenant who clearly wants her to fail, Anna becomes a diver, taking on the life-threatening work of repairing ships underwater.
Manhattan Beach isn't just a study in workplace discrimination; it's also a deep dive into New York organized crime, hardship in the World War II era, as well as a love and self destruction.
Egan joins Tom Power today to discuss her latest work.
— Produced by Ashley Mak