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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: A Visit From The Goon Squad
The Pulitzer Prize in Fiction was announced this morning, and it's A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. I have not read this book, but I am intrigued by her ideas of time. Here's what bn.com has to say:
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
One of the New York Times Book Review's Top 10 Books of 2010
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
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.
The New York Times Book Review - Will Blythe
Although shredded with loss, A Visit From the Goon Squad is often darkly, rippingly funny. Egan possesses a satirist's eye and a romance novelist's heart. Certainly the targets are plentiful in rock 'n' roll and public relations, the twinned cultural industries around which the book coalesces during the period from the early '80s to an imagined 2019 or so. No one is beyond the pale of her affection; no one is spared lampooning. Often she embraces and spears her subjects at the same time.
Jennifer Egan is the author of The Invisible Circus and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in such magazines as The New Yorker, Harper's, GQ, Zoetrope, and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. Egan lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn. For further information about Jennifer Egan, visit her Web site at www.jenniferegan.com.
If you are interested in learning more about Jennifer, here's her website: http://jenniferegan.com . Her books available in paperback and ebook format.