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Author: Jennifer Egan Narrator: Roxana Ortega Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593151518

Publisher Description

Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa. We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist’s couch in New York City, confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal. Later, we learn the genesis of her turmoil when we see her as the child of a violent marriage, then as a runaway living in Naples, then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend. We plunge into the hidden yearnings and disappointments of her uncle, an art historian stuck in a dead marriage, who travels to Naples to extract Sasha from the city’s demimonde and experiences an epiphany of his own while staring at a sculpture of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Museo Nazionale. We meet Bennie Salazar at the melancholy nadir of his adult life—divorced, struggling to connect with his nine-year-old son, listening to a washed-up band in the basement of a suburban house—and then revisit him in 1979, at the height of his youth, shy and tender, reveling in San Francisco’s punk scene as he discovers his ardor for rock and roll and his gift for spotting talent. We learn what became of his high school gang—who thrived and who faltered—and we encounter Lou Kline, Bennie’s catastrophically careless mentor, along with the lovers and children left behind in the wake of Lou’s far-flung sexual conquests and meteoric rise and fall. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to PowerPoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both—and escape the merciless progress of time—in the transporting realms of art and music. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers.

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  • “Narrator Roxana Ortega’s style is an ideal match for…Egan’s subtle character development…A captivating listening experience.”

    - AudioFile

Awards

  • Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • A London Guardian Pick of Best Books of the 21st Century
  • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
  • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • A People Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
  • A Time Magazine Top 10 Book of the Decade in Fiction
  • A Literary Hub Pick of the 20 Best Novels of the Decade
  • A Town & Country Magazine Pick of 17 Best Books of the Decade
  • A New York Public Library Staff Pick of Favorite Books of the Last 125 Years

Customer Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Perhaps it was that I read this immediately after Cloud Atlas, having picked it up on a whim at my sister's house, but it felt very satisfying to me. It, too, tells the stories of many different people through different voices, and covers a broad chronological range (though not as broad as the latter!)--but does so more successfully. I enjoyed the flawed but interesting characters and the way their lives tangled together and influenced each other. It was funny, charming, very smart, and yet a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read. "

    - CëRïSë, 2/17/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The structure of the book was great each chapter linking to a new characters point of view from the previous chapter. The book was flat. "

    - David, 2/12/2014
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " This was the January book club selection. I didn't like the the characters at all or the way the book jumped around between them. "

    - Ginny, 1/24/2014
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    " I tried but could not finish this book. It was trying to hard to be hip and cool but couldn't pull it off. Finally gave up and added book to Goodwill pile. If I could rate it as less than half a star, I would. "

    - Cha-Ling, 1/23/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great 90s period book. "

    - Gwinn, 1/15/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " At first I found it really difficult to get into this book properly. The narrative technique of bouncing around between different and sometimes tangentially connected viewpoints was confusing and ineffective. About midway through the book it all started coming together and I began to enjoy the perceptive character analysis that Egan employs so masterfully. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys modern-day fiction. "

    - Nicola, 1/9/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I get it. Technically innovative. And I'm quickly going through it again because I didn't really pick up on it until I was 170 pages in. But I still didn't really feel the characters. "

    - Lester, 1/7/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Beautiful book. I love the writing style- eclectic and evocative. "

    - Alex, 1/3/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great book. I love the changing point of view, and the characters are amazing, even in the short time you get to be with them. There are places in this book that made my heart skip. Also some that I sort of glossed over, but still.. GREAT book. "

    - Erik, 12/9/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Book club book #16. "

    - Mindi, 12/3/2013
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " saw this on the tv book club - thought I would give it a go but couldnt even finish it! "

    - Paula, 11/18/2013
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Overrated and gimmicky. "

    - Batfacegirl, 9/4/2013
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Why did this win the Pulitzer?!? "

    - Darcy, 6/29/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I super enjoyed this book. Not all the chapters but many were pretty amazing. My favorites were the safari story, the one with Rob who died while swimming, and the one where the uncle finds Sasha. The part where the sun drops into the wire circle: breathtaking! "

    - Leilani, 6/6/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Time is a goon. Elucidating the effects age and maturation have on our lives, A Visit From the Goon Squad provides an insightful, poignant and surprisingly novel presentation of life. "

    - Tommy, 12/1/2012
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    " "Goon Squad" is a song I like by Elvis Costello. "

    - Ted, 11/27/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I don't care about those people. "

    - Charlott, 7/23/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Okay. It's the second book as of late with a series of loosely connected short stories, so it takes some getting used to, but it was pretty good all together. "

    - Stefanie, 5/11/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Quick read. Some interesting characters and page-turning plot lines, but overall not mind blowing in any regard. That said, Egan does have a strong knack for connecting her sad/depressed/problematic characters to the reader. "

    - Danny, 4/25/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I completely fell in love with this book. The only downside is not being able to spend more time with the characters Ms. Egan has created. Highly recommended. "

    - Chris, 5/23/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " You have to pay attention because the narrator changes from character to character and Egan switches timeframes. Seemingly disparate characters become connected. And an era becomes defined, characters' choices are usually not so good, the angst of the 60's and beyond is excellently portrayed. "

    - Susan, 5/23/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book reads much more like a collection of short stories than a novel. There were some chapters I LOVED (Dolly's trip to Africa...one of the BEST!), while others were so-so. Most of the chapters, though, kept you fully engaged and I couldn't wait to get back to it. "

    - Melinda, 5/22/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " An intricately-constructed, resonant, and dreamlike read, about believable people in real places and times (even when stepping into the future). Very impressive and immersive. "

    - Gene, 5/21/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " best book I've read so far in 2011 "

    - Heather, 5/21/2011

About the Author

Jennifer Egan, the author of several books of fiction, is the recipient of the 2019 New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association’s 2019 Legacy Award for lifetime achievement. Her works including the New York Times bestseller Manhattan Beach, as well as A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Books Critics Circle Award; The Keep, a national bestseller; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award finalist; and The Invisible Circus, which was adapted into a major motion picture. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, McSweeney’s, the New York Times Magazine, and many others.

About the Narrator

Roxana Ortega is a narrator, actress, and comedian based in Los Angeles. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and first began performing in the Bay Area. She has appeared in supporting roles in numerous films, including Evan Almighty and Miss Congeniality 2. Her television credits include Samantha Who, The Shield, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Crossing Jordan, and Journeyman.