Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize and marked her as one of the greatest novelists of our time. Her long-awaited follow-up, Manhattan Beach, is a dazzling historical novel set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and the Second World War – transformative events in the lives of women and men, America and the world. Jennifer talks to Jennifer Byrne about her intricately woven and hauntingly beautiful novel.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Jennifer Egan (International)

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Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her 2010 novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her new novel, Manhattan Beach, became an instant New York Times bestseller. It has been awarded the American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. In March 2018, she was named the new President of PEN America.

Jennifer Byrne (Australian)

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Jennifer Byrne has been presenting The Book Club on ABC TV for ten years, during which she has also has interviewed many of the world’s pre-eminent writers for special broadcasts, including the only Australian interview with JK Rowling in 2012 (which coincided with the launch of her first adult book). Jennifer has also worked as a TV journalist on ABC and has written feature stories for many of Australia’s leading newspapers.