New Yorkers came together to take part in the vote of the One Book, One New York campaign, an event where New Yorkers choose which book they want the entire city to read. The votes have been tallied and the results are in!
And the winner is…
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is 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, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished. (Credit: Scribner)
Jennifer Egan will appear at the Vulture Festival on May 19 to discuss the novel New York editor-in-chief, Adam Moss. Events will soon be held at libraries and bookstores across the city.