Join us as we welcome Jennifer Egan to Women & Children First to discuss her new novel MANHATTAN BEACH with local author Zoe Zolbrod. This free event will include a reading, conversation, and book-signing. No registration required.
Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man 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. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again and begins to understand the complexity of her father's life and 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.
JENNIFER EGAN is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine. She was born in Chicago, but raised in San Francisco, and currently lives in New York.
ZOE ZOLBROD is the author of the memoir The Telling, which won a silver IPPY Award and was a Chicago Review of Books award finalist, and the novel Currency, which was a Friends of American Writers prize finalist. Her essays have appeared in Salon, The Guardian, Lit Hub, The Manifest Station, The Nervous Breakdown, The Chicago Reader, and The Rumpus, where she served as the Sunday co-editor. She lives in Evanston with her husband and two children.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640