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“It’s the ultra-American narrative”: Jennifer Egan on Trump, sexism and America

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks about her new novel, "Manhattan Beach" and what it tells us about the United States today

By Steve Bloomfield  

Jennifer Egan is one of America’s most fascinating modern authors. Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer prize in 2011, was as unconventional as it was moving—each chapter switched focus to another character and another time, flitting between the past, present and future, without ever losing its emotional power.

Her new book, Manhattan Beach, is more orthodox, but no less affecting. Set in New York in the 1930s and early 1940s it follows the lives of Anna Kerrigan, the first female…

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