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Book Review - A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

If you’ve ever felt a little bit lost and wondered where life will take you, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad is worth a read.

A kleptomaniac, a burnt out record producer and a group of teens discovering sex, drugs and rock n’ roll are just a few of the eclectic mix of characters in this award-winning book.

A Visit From The Goon Squad is their coming of age.

Egan writes with wit, care and humour in this interconnected collection of short stories.

She creates a tapestry of characters whose lives evolve and intersect as their stories progress.

A Visit From the Goon Squad visits each character at key turning points in their lives. It explores how we get from A to B, what can happen when life takes a detour and the impact of the passage of time.

As you move from chapter to chapter, pay close attention to the minor characters and names that are mentioned in passing. Chances are they will turn up in a major role later on.

It’s fun trying to pick the potential comebacks and discovering what has transpired between one story and the next.

Also, look out for the chapter told entirely in Powerpoint slides – surprisingly, this was my favourite chapter in the book (if only all Powerpoint presentations could be so engaging).

A Visit From The Goon Squad is the recent winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize For Fiction and the 2011 National Book Critics Award.

Would you like to read A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan?

Here’s where you can buy it online:

Book Depository US
Book Depository UK
Fishpond Australia
Amazon US
Amazon UK

*Please note: You won't pay any more if you buy this book via these links, but they will give me a small referral fee (5%).

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  1. I've just finished reading, this and I have to admit that I wasn't particularly impressed. I know it has had a lot of very good press, but I don't really know what all the hype is about.

    You can read my review here: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

  2. Hi Matthew,
    Thanks for your feedback, it's great to hear another view on the book.


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