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'Goon Squad' Author Jennifer Egan Returns to Traditional Storytelling

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Jennifer Egan poses for a portrait.
Jennifer Egan's latest novel is "The Candy House." (Photo: Pieter M. Van Hattem)

Set in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Depression and second world war, Jennifer Egan’s new book, “Manhattan Beach,” is a 400-page historical novel, a major departure from her Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Visit from the Goon Squad.” Some critics describe “Manhattan Beach” as a present-day Victorian novel, which thrills Egan who says, “the novel then was so powerful and agile in ways I’m not sure it is now.” She joins us to discuss her new novel, her return to linear storytelling and her Bay Area roots.

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Jennifer Egan, author, “Manhattan Beach”; won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for “A Visit from the Goon Squad”

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