Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Los Angeles Times Book Award, National Book Circle Critics Award for fiction in the US and Longlisted for the Orange Prize.
Jennifer Egan’s spelling binding novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varies as New York, San Francisco, Naples and Africa.
A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to Powerpoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both- and escape the merciless progress of time, in the transporting realms of art and music. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers.
About The Author
Jennifer Egan is the author of the critically acclaimed A Visit From the Goon Squad, 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 non-fiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.
"Pitch perfect. . . . Darkly, rippingly funny. . . . Egan possesses a satirist's eye and a romance novelist's heart."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"At once intellectually stimulating and moving. . . . Like a masterful album, this one demands a replay."
--"The San Francisco Chronicle"
"A new classic of American fiction."
"A spiky, shape-shifting new book. . . . A display of Egan's extreme virtuosity."
--"The New York Times"
"Wildly ambitious. . . . A tour de force. . . . Music is both subject and metaphor as Egan explores the mutability of time, destiny, and individual accountability post-technology."
--"O, The Oprah Magazine"
"The smartest book you can get your hands on."
--"Los Angeles Times"
"A rich and unforgettable novel about decay and endurance, about individuals in a world as it changes around them. . . . [Egan] is one of the most talen
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 9th June 2011
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.302