A Visit from the Goon Squad

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Anchor Books, 2011 - Fiction - 340 pages
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Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

 

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User Review  - mermaidatheart - LibraryThing

Treating on themes of artistic purity and the passage of time, this tale is pretty mesmerizing, even when you're confused about which character is speaking in which decade. Lovely use of language and well-drawn characters earn this book 4 stars. Read full review

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User Review  - gregorybrown - LibraryThing

A good story or two in amongst the mix, but mostly generic arcs and marred near the end by some pretty shitty futurism. I can see what some people found in it, but this really won the Pulitzer?! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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About the author (2011)

Jennifer Egan is the author of The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.

Visit the Jennifer Egan's official website: www.jenniferegan.com

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