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Writers Voices dives into the the writing process of novelist Jennifer Egan and the background for her new book Manhattan Beach. Set in the New York of the early 1930’s, “my hardest book to write” required research. “A sense of what the collective memory of that time was for people of different ages. Her love of Melville, ” In Manhattan Beach I really wanted to write an adventure story. Big crazy events happen and I write about them right on the page….. I hope to bring to bear some of the fun aspect of 19th century fiction. I hope to do that in all my books.”

Writing about the past is not just writing about the past; because what everyone brings to the moment they live in, is their own pasts

Yes, as everyone knows meditation and water are wedded forever.

Herman Melville

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