Jennifer Egan
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Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago, where her paternal grandfather was a police commander and bodyguard for President Truman during his visits to that city. She was raised in San Francisco and studied at the University of Pennsylvania and St. John's College, Cambridge, in England. In those student years she did a lot of traveling, often with a backpack: China, the former USSR, Japan, much of Europe, and those travels became the basis for her first novel, The Invisible Circus, and her story collection, Emerald City. She came to New York in 1987 and worked an array of wacky jobs while learning to write: catering at the World Trade Center; joining the word processing pool at a midtown law firm; serving as the private secretary for the Countess of Romanones, an OSS spy-turned-Spanish countess (by marriage), who wrote a series of bestsellers about her spying experiences and famous friends.
Egan has published short stories in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta and McSweeney's. Her first novel, The Invisible Circus, came out in 1995 and was released as a movie starring Cameron Diaz in 2001. Her second novel, Look at Me, was a National Book Award Finalist in 2001, and her third, The Keep, was a national bestseller. Also a journalist, Egan has written many cover stories for the New York Times Magazine on topics ranging from young fashion models to the secret online lives of closeted gay teens. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and her 2008 story on bipolar children won an Outstanding Media Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

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Best Sellers

    • Manhattan Beach

    • A Novel
    • By: Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,457
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,177
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,169

    Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Narrative of a Girl Diver

    • By WillowGirl313 on 10-30-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • By: Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated by: Roxana Ortega
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,637
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,665

    A compelling narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, subtle, moving

    • By Laurene on 06-17-10

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Keep

    • By: Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner, Geneva Carr
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 127

    Two cousins, devastated by a childhood prank, reunite 20 years later to renovate a castle in Eastern Europe. The fortress has a bloody history that stretches back hundreds of years....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wish I could read it for the first time again

    • By Christie L Goodman on 08-17-08

    Regular price: $22.37

    • Look at Me

    • A Novel
    • By: Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated by: Rachael Warren
    • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 130

    Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in her Illinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes 80 titanium screws to reassemble it....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, horrible narrator.

    • By Denise on 09-19-12

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Invisible Circus

    • By: Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated by: Madeleine Lambert
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    In Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan's highly acclaimed first novel, set in 1978, the political drama and familial tensions of the 1960s form a backdrop for the world of Phoebe O'Connor, age eighteen....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Too bad zero was not a choice...

    • By IVAL on 04-28-13

    Regular price: $18.17

    • Emerald City

    • By: Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston, Madeleine Lambert, Richard Waterhouse
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    These 11 masterful stories - the first collection from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan - deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire....

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Emerald City and Other Stories

    • By: Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated by: Madeline Lambert, Richard Waterhouse, Charlie Thurston
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    These 11 masterful stories - the first collection from acclaimed author Jennifer Egan - deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire....

    Regular price: $20.65

Selections from Our Exclusive Interview with Jennifer Egan

New York is a port; following the waterfront led to the story of Manhattan Beach.
How Manhattan Beach began with characters.
“Every book is different.” Jennifer Egan’s thoughts on why Manhattan Beach needed a different structure than A Visit from the Goon Squad.
“I love audiobooks!”
How an unlikely combination of two classic genres influenced Manhattan Beach: literature of the sea and detective noir.

Listening to:

  • New York is a port; following the waterfront led to the story of Manhattan Beach.
  • How Manhattan Beach began with characters.
  • “Every book is different.” Jennifer Egan’s thoughts on why Manhattan Beach needed a different structure than A Visit from the Goon Squad.
  • “I love audiobooks!”
  • How an unlikely combination of two classic genres influenced Manhattan Beach: literature of the sea and detective noir.

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