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Jennifer Egan

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Jennifer Egan’s 2017 novel, Manhattan Beach, has been awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Egan was born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco. She is also the author of The Invisible Circus, a novel which became a feature film starring Cameron Diaz in 2001, Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001, Emerald City and Other Stories, The Keep, and A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the LA Times Book Prize. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, ...more

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Jennifer Egan Well I feel like a liar answering this question, because my schedule is way out of whack right now. When I'm writing original material, which I do by…moreWell I feel like a liar answering this question, because my schedule is way out of whack right now. When I'm writing original material, which I do by hand, I try to write 5-7 pages a day--ideally early in the day, so that I can move on to other things, like research for what I'm working on, or journalism, whatever. On a good day, that 5-7 pages can be accomplished in about an hour and a half. Once I'm in the editing phase, meaning I've finished a first draft and typed it up--I can work for very long stretches, and, again because I edit mostly by hand, I can do it pretty much anywhere. I have edited in elevators and on escalators, no kidding. I can also edit pretty well at night, but writing original material is really hard for me by evening--too much other stuff crowding my mind. Thank you so much for reading, Beso, and all best, Jenny(less)
Jennifer Egan Good question. I interviewed a WWII diver who encountered a Russian woman diving in Cherbourg during the war, helping to clear the detritus the…moreGood question. I interviewed a WWII diver who encountered a Russian woman diving in Cherbourg during the war, helping to clear the detritus the Germans exploded there to hinder the allies. Women did not dive for the US Navy until the 1970's, and for the Army until the 1980's (!). So it is quite unlikely that any women became civilian divers at the BNY or elsewhere in NY (there was a very robust civilian diving program in Manhattan, as well, helping to salvage the Normandie, a French liner that sank after catching fire on a Manhattan pier). However, it is certainly not impossible that women became civilian divers, and because the civilian diving program was not closely documented, we don't really know much about who did it, when, and for how long. That was my window of opportunity! Thank you so much for reading and all best, Jenny(less)
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"The author of the experimental and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad writes a "normal" WWII novel about a female Navy diver, a handsome gangster, and a missing father in Manhattan Beach ." ...More

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