A Visit from the Goon Squad is an award winning contemporary novel about life, identity and cultural change.
Often described as too cool for school, A Visit from the Goon Squad is definitely understated and edgy. It’s also nostalgia evoking, bringing a sense of sadness but also wry humour.
Each chapter is written like a short story so it reads as a brilliant and motley collection of characters, connections and times. (Likened to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas). Less than 300 pages, it packs a powerful punch.
A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2011.
Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an ageing 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 varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.
The unknown element of the lives of other people is like that of nature, which each fresh scientific discovery merely reduces but does not abolish.Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time
Book 47 in 2019
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Genre: Literary Fiction
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2011; National Book Critics Circle Award Winner 2011
Other titles by this author: Manhattan Beach