New Yorkers have voted!
The one book you chose to read together is
The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, along with our partners at New York Magazine, are excited to announce that after a spirited competition, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, has been chosen as this year's One Book, One New York winner!
Manhattan Beach is the fifth novel – and first work of historical fiction – written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, a Brooklyn resident. Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the book was also long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award and selected as a top book of 2017 by publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Time. Manhattan Beach tells the haunting World War II-era story of Anna Kerrigan, who becomes the Brooklyn Navy Yard's first female diver, and her search for her missing father.
Throughout the reading period this summer, book clubs and discussions will be happening across the city. Submit information about your club or event here and it will be featured on NYC.gov/OneBook and our social media handles. Simon & Schuster will help pick a lucky group to have Jennifer Egan Skype into a discussion later this summer. Let's all read Manhattan Beach!
Jennifer Egan is the author of five previous books of fiction: A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Keep; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Granta, McSweeney's, and The New York Times Magazine.
"I'm ecstatic that Manhattan Beach has been chosen by One Book, One New York, especially with such remarkable other works in the field," said Egan. "The city of New York was my muse and my collaborator on this project, and it's thrilling to think of the book being widely read in the five boroughs that inspired it."
Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, has generously donated a 1500 copies of Manhattan Beach to all 219 library branches all over New York City. Click below for library locations and independent bookstores across NYC to pick up a copy of Manhattan Beach.