In Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan's first novel in seven years, one woman struggles to find her place in an ever-changing world. Anna is only twelve years old when she first meets Dexter Styles. He's a powerful, mysterious man, and for reasons Anna doesn't fully understand, her father seems intent on keeping his association with Styles a secret. Something doesn't feel completely right about this to Anna, but she eventually lets it go and moves on with her life. Years later, America has entered the Second World War, and Anna is working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. Her father, whom Anna idolized, has long since disappeared without a trace, an event that has forever changed her. She's now the chief provider for her mother and severely disabled sister, so when she hears the yard is looking for divers, she jumps at the chance. It's dangerous work, repairing the ships damaged in the war, but Anna is determined to be the first woman to hold such a position. One night, while hanging out with friends at a nightclub, Anna comes face-to-face with Dexter Styles once again. This chance meeting will forever change the trajectory of Anna's life as she delves deep into her father's past, determined to discover what really happened to him.
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