Jennifer Egan’s highly anticipated novel, Manhattan Beach, is the selected book club read for January. Manhattan Beach takes place in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan’s first historical novel has been called a masterpiece.
The book discussion will be facilitated by Capital University English professor Bryan Hurt, who has taught Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit From The Goon Squad in his classes. Hurt is the author of Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France (Red Hen 2018), winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, and editor of Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest (Catapult 2016). His fiction and essays have been published in The American Reader, Guernica, the Kenyon Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Tin House, TriQuarterly, and others. He holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California.