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A Visit from the Goon Squad: Pulitzer Prize Winner

Jennifer Egan

Reader Score

86%

86% of readers

recommend this book

Critic Reviews

Great

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Winner:Pulitzer Prize -Fiction (2011)
NATIONAL BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE WINNER - With music pulsing on every page, this startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption "features characters about whom you come to care deeply as you watch them doing things they shouldn't, acting gloriously, infuriatingly human" (The Chicago Tribune).

One of The Atlantic's Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years

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.

"Pitch perfect.... Darkly, rippingly funny.... Egan possesses a satirist's eye and a romance novelist's heart." --The New York Times Book Review

Book Details

  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: Mar 22nd, 2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 7.90in - 5.10in - 0.90in - 0.75lb
  • EAN: 9780307477477
  • Categories: LiteraryShort Stories (single author)Coming of Age

About the Author

Jennifer Egan is the author of four novels: 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 nonfiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.

Critics’ reviews

Praise for this book

A PARADE BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME

One of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village Voice

"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."
--Time

"Audacious, extraordinary."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

"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 talented writers today."
--The New York Review of Books

"It ends in the same place it starts, except that everything has changes, including you, the reader."
--The New Republic

"Clever. Edgy. Groundbreaking. . . . Features characters about whom you come to care deeply as you watch them doing things they shouldn't, acting gloriously, infuriatingly human."
--The Chicago Tribune

"Egan's bravura fifth book samples from different eras (the glory days of punk; a slick, socially networked future) and styles (sly satire, moving tragedy, even PowerPoint) to explore the interplay between music and the rough rhythms of life."
--Vogue

"Told with both affection and intensity, Goon Squad stands as a brilliant, all-absorbing novel for the beach, the woods, the air-conditioned apartment or the city stoop while wearing your iPod. Stay with this one."
--Alan Cheuse, NPR's All Things Considered

"Brilliant, inventive. . . . Emboldening. It cracks the world open afresh. . . . Would that Marcel Proust could receive [a copy]. It would blow his considerable mind. . . . Expect to inhale Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad. Then expect it to lodge in your cranium and your breastbone a good long while."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Frequently dazzling. . . . Egan's expert flaying of human foibles has the compulsive allure of poking at a sore tooth: excruciating but exhilarating too."
--Entertainment Weekly

"If Egan is our reward for living through the self-conscious gimmicks and ironic claptrap of postmodernism, then it was all worthwhile. . . . [A] triumph of technical bravado and tender sympathy. . . . Turn up the music, skip the college reunion and curl up with The Goon Squad instead."
--The Washington Post