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Ahead of her October 26 and 27 appearance at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, City Pages caught up with Egan to talk about the new book while she watered her plants around her New York City apartment.

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One of the first things I noticed about Manhattan Beach was that, unlike your last two novels, there was no metatextual element or self awareness on the part of the narrator.

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It’s not that I’m tired in a big way of experimentation. That would be going too far. I think I was tired of myself doing that. canada goose coats on sale It had become too knee jerk. I wanted to canada goose uk shop do what seemed fun. In the end, it was telling a kind of old fashioned adventure story in which a lot of big epic action happens right on the page. In Goon Squad, we’re dealing with the aftermath of action. I loved doing the action.

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That was a big concern?

I hadn’t realized how much I thought I would never publish a book again until I realized that. I thought I talked about it for too long, I toured for too long, buy canada goose jacket I can’t do anything else.

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I was surprised how much it did bother me. And I’m so happy to be beyond it.

The truth, which is potentially harder to bear but easier for me, is that no one really cares. It’s not like the world is going to come to a stop if I don’t write another book. In a way, the insignificance of each of our doings can feel crushing. But for me it absolves canada goose factory sale me of responsibility. I’m doing it because I want to do it, and whatever the result is, that’s okay. It’s a free pass to stop engaging in self flagellation and just get back to what I was going to do.

What was the germ of this story? Diving and the first woman diver?

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World War II led me to the waterfront, which at the time was where everything happened. It was essential to industry, transportations. That led me in a number of directions: the Brooklyn Navy Yard, largest builder and repairer of allied ships in WWII. It was only with the navy yard I began to think about civilian diving.

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