A Visit from the Goon Squad
By Jennifer Egan
(Chong Qing Da Xue Chu Ban She/ Tsai Fong Book, Paperback, 9787562466826, 364pp.)
Publication Date: April 2012
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Influenced by both The Sopranos and Marcel Proust, Jennifer Egan takes her readers on a swirling, playful ride through time in A Visit from the Goon Squad, a novel of linked short stories -- including one told as a PowerPoint presentation -- that defies categorization. More at NPR.org
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- A Visit from the Goon Squad shifts among various perspectives, voices, and time periods, and in one striking chapter (pp. 234–309), departs from conventional narrative entirely. What does the mixture of voices and narrative forms convey about the nature of experience and the creation of memories? Why has Egan arranged the stories out of chronological sequence?