A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

79%

18 Critic Reviews

Scattered across time, free of chronology, the stories in the book nevertheless have a careful and deliberate structure.
-LA Times

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
A New York Times Book Review Best Book

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.




From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Jennifer Egan

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Jennifer Egan is the author of 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. Visit the Jennifer Egan's official website: www.jenniferegan.com
 
Published June 3, 2010 by Anchor. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Visit from the Goon Squad
All: 18 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 15 2010

...her characters have recognizable emotions and convictions, which is why their compromises and uncertainties continue to move us.

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NY Times

Above average
on Jul 08 2010

Write successfully in the second person? Check. Parody celebrity journalism and David Foster Wallace at the same time? Check.

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NY Times

Good
on Jun 20 2010

...Ms. Egan can be such a piercingly astute storyteller that the exhilaration of reading her outweighs the bleak destinies she describes.

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Guardian

Excellent
on Apr 02 2011

This is an incredibly affecting novel, sad, funny and wise...

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Guardian

Above average
on Mar 13 2011

Each chapter has its own distinct voice and mood, modulating from satire to farce, from melancholy to tragedy.

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AV Club

Good
on Jul 01 2010

Egan has constructed Goon Squad as a kind of concept album in prose, even splitting the book into parts A and B like the sides of a record. Its 13 chapters work like songs penned in wildly different styles.

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National Post arts

Good
on Jan 10 2012

A Visit from the Goon Squad gathers a multitude of fantasies into one implacable reality.

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LA Times

Good
on Jun 06 2010

Scattered across time, free of chronology, the stories in the book nevertheless have a careful and deliberate structure.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Jun 09 2010

Egan's expert flaying of human foibles has the compulsive allure of poking at a sore tooth: excruciating but exhilarating, too.

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Huffington Post

Good
on Jun 16 2012

Egan has created a network of characters and places that is both as solid and as open ended as life.

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Dallas News

Below average
on Jun 20 2010

Because Goon Squad skips around so much, it doesn't provide an extended relationship with any one character.

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The Uncustomary Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Mar 21 2012

I get a giddy thrill when Mabuhay Gardens gets mentioned in the book. It brings back memories of a much younger me dragging a friend there before it closed to listen to music I was hearing on college radio. She didn’t know what she was in for.

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Independent.ie

Excellent
on Mar 26 2011

A Visit from the Goon Squad is a tremendous novel: thoughtful, subtle, funny, wacky, energetic, profoundly authentic.

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The Millions

Excellent
on Jun 08 2010

Her work is (skillfully, decidedly) equal parts brainy and empathic, hyper-realist and fantastical, gritty and luminous...

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Chicago Tribune

Good

...'A Visit from the Goon Squad' stands on its own, and we hear it loud and clear.

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Oprah.com

Good
Reviewed by Liza Nelson on Jun 01 2010

...Egan constructs a tour de force, telling her story backward, forward, and sideways from chapter to chapter and sometimes switching gears within a chapter. The cast of characters is unforgettable...

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Dominion of New York

Good
on Oct 01 2011

This is a novel much deserving of its Pulitzer. Read this!

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Debby Waldman on Jul 17 2010

The music industry is well known for its fixation on youth (Exhibit A: “Hope I die before I get old”), which makes Egan’s choice of it as a common theme brilliant and risky. Fortunately, she avoid cliché.

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