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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jennifer Egan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1962 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Egan was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco. In addition to her books, she is a prolific author of short stories and non-fiction articles. Egan currently resides in New York.

Published Works

  • Look At Me, Anchor, 2002
  • Emerald City, Anchor, 2007
  • The Invisible Circus, Anchor, 2007
  • The Keep, Anchor, 2007
  • A Visit From the Goon Squad, Knopf, 2010
  • Manhattan Beach, Scribner, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

Look at me :
ISBN: 0385721358. OCLC Number:

N.A. Talese/Doubleday,. New York :. 2001.

Model Charlotte Swenson returns to Manhattan after recovering from a devastating car accident in her Illinois hometown. She finds that she can't restart her career and floats invisibly through the New York fashion world.

Emerald city :
ISBN: 0307387534. OCLC Number:

Anchor Books,. New York :. 2007.

Eleven stories on the vagaries of life. In Why China? a successful stockbroker yearns for the days when he was poor, in Passing the Hat, a wife observing a woman sleep around with men, is shocked to discover her own husband was one of them, while The Watch Trick compares the lives of two army friends, one who settled down, the other who didn't. By the author of The Invisible Circus.

The invisible circus /
ISBN: 0307387526. OCLC Number:

Anchor Books,. New York :. 2007.

In San Francisco, a conventional woman who has always been fascinated by her hippie sister, retraces the sister's European trip which ended in her death. In the process of learning more about her, the idol loses some of the glitter. A first novel.

A visit from the Goon Squad /
ISBN: 0307592839. OCLC Number:

. .

Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs confront their pasts in this powerful story about how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, lifelong friendships fluctuate and turn, and how art and music have the power to redeem.

Manhattan Beach :
ISBN: 1476716730. OCLC Number:

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Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family with the Great Depression underway. 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 had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished.--


Look At Me

  • Finalist, National Book Award
  • Manhattan Beach

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2017
  • Starred Review, Kirkus, 2017
  • Starred Review, Booklist, 2017
  • Starred Review, Library Journal, 2017
  • Best Book of October, Amazon, 2017
  • Long List, National Book Award for Fiction, 2017

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