The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan

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In Jennifer Egan’s highly acclaimed first novel, set in 1978, the political drama and familial tensions of the 1960s form a backdrop for the world of Phoebe O’Connor, age eighteen. Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. In order to find out the truth about Faith’s life and death, Phoebe retraces her steps from San Francisco across Europe, a quest which yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith’s lost generation. This spellbinding novel introduced Egan’s remarkable ability to tie suspense with deeply insightful characters and the nuances of emotion.


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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 September 29, 2010 by Anchor. 354 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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It seems unlikely that an old friend of Faith's would run into Phoebe, recognize her (because of her resemblance to her sister), invite her to his apartment, talk about her sister, and then hand her a joint to deliver to his cousin in Munich.

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Suicide's undiminished impact on a family informs Egan's poignant first novel, the tale of an 18-year-old retracing her older sister's doomed excursion through Europe. As a child, Phoebe O'Connor felt

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First-novelist Egan examines the bittersweet legacy of the 1960s through the story of a teenage girl who travels to Europe to retrace the steps of her dead sister.

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Eventually, however, she discovers that Faith ``just threw herself away.'' Though the prose at times overexaggerates in conveying such extreme personalities, the author usually manages to keep it in check as Phoebe chooses her own future over Faith's forsaken one.

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Summary: A re-issue of the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jennifer Egan's debut novel tells the story of a young girls seeking to explore the death of her older sister.

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Faith’s absence, and the mythology Phoebe has woven around her short but troubled life, has become the shroud through which Phoebe views the world.

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Leaving her well-off widowed mom (Blythe Danner) worrying at home in San Francisco, Phoebe retraces Faith's steps, first in Amsterdam, then in Paris, where she tracks down Faith's boyfriend from the period, Wolf (Christopher Eccleston), then a street-theater performer and now a comfortable bourge...

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