Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
I stayed up waaayyyyy past my bedtime this weekend, completely immersed in Manhattan Beach - this was one of my most anticipated fall reads and I was so excited to see it offered as a Book of the Month pick this month. I have read a lot of mixed reviews on this one and while I loved the story overall, there were a few things I wish Egan had written differently. So let's start with the pros. I loved Anna's character.... I loved her moxie and her fierce loyalty to her sister and her family. I loved the historical detailing of the shipyards, the manufacturing process and the dives; it is very apparent that Egan did her research and I felt as though I was actually there along side Anna.
The issues I had with the book centered around the background story of the mafia. I have always been a huge fan of mobster movies and books, so I was eager to see how Egan incorporated that story line into Anna's life. In my opinion, the mob element is extremely watered down and that was disappointing to me. I also had issues adjusting to Eddie's story in the latter half of the book. It really threw the flow off for me and made what had been a seamless read up until that point suddenly become a bit choppy and odd. I have been torn between 3.5 and 4 stars as I absolutely loved Anna's story line, the historical detail and the cover of this book. I read this in two sittings and I thought the prose was beautiful so that gave me the final push to bump it to a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star read. Who else has read this? I would love to know your thoughts.