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A Visit from the Goon Squad

 
 
 
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Author: Jennifer Egan
ISBN 13: 9780307477477
ISBN 10: 307477479
Edition: 1
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: 2011-03-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $15.95
 
 

One of the New York Times Book Review's Top 10 Books of 2010

Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the troubled young woman he employs, never discover each other's pasts, but the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other people whose paths intersect with theirs in the course of nearly fifty years. A Visit from the Goon Squad is about time, about survival, about our private terrors, and what happens when we fail to rebound.

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.