Fin: ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

  • Date finished: Sept. 10, 2011
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Year: 2010
  • Project: n/a
  • Reading list: Fall 2011; Pulitzer Prize winners
  • Got it: At Book Beat, a cool hole-in-the wall indie bookstore in Oak Park, MI.
  • Quick thoughts upon finishing: This book deserves every ounce of praise it’s received from fans, bloggers and critics alike. Egan tells the story of a group of people loosely connected by rock and roll, New York, LA and a messy tangle of relationships and in the process, I feel like Egan describes a life. A moment in time. An epoch in history. Not for a long time have I read something that sounded, felt and looked like real life (in all it’s good and bad moments, beautiful sunsets and hungover, drug-addled mornings). Really, it’s a good book and one I’ll probably recommend the heck out of (particularly to people who think they’re too cool for school). 
  • Grade: A

Random side note: This 9/11 reference seems strangely appropriate considering the 10-year anniversary:

The weight of what happened here more than twenty years ago was still faintly present for Alex, as it always was when he came to the Footprint. He perceived it as a sound just out of earshot, the vibration of an old disturbance. Now it seemed more insistent than ever: a low, deep thrum that felt primally familiar, as if it had been whirring inside all the sounds that Alex had made and collected over the year: their hidden pulse.

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