What I Learned - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
A beautifully written insight into World War 2 New York, and the strength of the women left behind.
What I Learned:
I love this quote...I think we all have a dark side, some of us just hide it better - what is it they say about having to watch the quiet ones?
I do believe that sometimes we have to create our own luck, as in we have to be able to recognise the opportunities that luck can present to us, and be ready to act on them. Always look for the doors when it looks like there are none...and if you still can't see a door, use a window!
I was discussing this with my 14 year old daughter the other day. She feels under a certain amount of pressure at school to know what she wants to do later on in life. I know a lot of people who are my age who still don't know what they want to be when they grow up, and I also know some who very early on knew exactly what they wanted to do, and single mindedly went after it, but things happened, as they do in life, and they struggled because they only saw one path in front of them.
I think every bottle of wine should have this on the label...Where you drink the wine matters as much as the wine, but I would take this one step further and say that who you share the wine with matter too.
Well, what can I say? Thank goodness wishing doesn't always come true!
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gorgeous story - twists and turns and leaves you wondering right up to the last chapter - and a great insight into World War II New York.
Anna Kerrigan is a brilliantly strong, sparky female who you can't help but love.
I felt like I was really living in war torn New York, and the relationships were so incredibly written, it made a huge city feel very small and town like. The way these different people and stories intertwine, pivoting around Anna, is really clever, and beautiful.
A must read, and actually I think a must read for history students studying a different side of World War II and the quiet strength of the women left behind.
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