Forest Hills’ Most Popular Book of the Year

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Manhattan BeachAccording to the Queens Library’s Most Popular Books of the Year list, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan was named the most requested book at the Forest Hills Library in 2018. Check out the summary below:

“The long-awaited, daring, and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad. Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. 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 had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world. Manhattan Beach is a spectacular novel by one of the greatest writers of our time”

Manhattan Beach was the most requested book of the year for a total of twenty-seven community libraries throughout the five boroughs. Get your copy today!

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  1. Laura says:

    The North Forest Park library branch is also part of the Forest Hills neighborhood. Would have been nice to see what the most popular book there was, too!

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