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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,135 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Egan Narrator: Madeleine Lambert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Jennifer Egan’s highly acclaimed first novel, the political drama and familial tensions of the 1960s form a backdrop for the world of eighteen-year-old Phoebe O’Connor.

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 that yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith’s lost generation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A startling book, full of unexpected words and sentences. And ideas. And events. Jennifer Egan is a highly original, unusually intelligent writer.”

    Alice Adams, New York Times bestselling author of Superior Women

  • “Mesmerizing...Told with great assurance and power...Egan portrays the sisters with a quiet, heartbreaking clarity.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Adroit...The Invisible Circus deals with a number of compelling themes...[Egan] infuses this book with considerable intelligence and sensitivity.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Searing...Keenly observed...Remarkable for its shapeliness and control...Egan’s strongest suit may be her language.”


  • “Extraordinary...Egan’s gift for storytelling captures the era with extreme clarity...Her writing is so fresh that it raises goose bumps and causes the heart to race. One can hardly wait to read her next work.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Elegant and brilliant...Spellbinding, heartbreaking, and told by a master.”


  • “Punches home like a blow to the stomach.”


  • “Egan’s first novel is great reading. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 49 Underrated Books You Really Need to Read

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Reid | 2/16/2014

    " I could identify with all of the characters, so I think that's a mark of a very good writer. The plot might be cliche in places, but I think Egan pulled it off with authenticity - the characters, the dialogue, the relationships and emotions were true to life, and the writing in general was very good. It deals with some decent themes, too, but I think it wasn't focused enough to go anywhere very deep or conclusive, perhaps by choice. I'd recommend this over 2 and 3 star pulp any day. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Paula | 2/13/2014

    " Not one of my favorites. We chose this for book club @ work & so far, nobody's been thrilled with it. I thought it would be a story about a cool mysterious journey, but I was bored with much of it. Half the time I was rolling my eyes about what stupid risks Phoebe was taking, the other half I was rolling my eyes about how unrealistic much of it seemed. I wouldn't recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/9/2014

    " Kind of a dumb book. I didn't get 'into' it at all. The characters did not seem likable to me. Maybe my own memories of the 60's interfered? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jbowman | 2/8/2014

    " One of my favorite books ever...Egan eloquently conveys many different ideas at once: the suspicion that you never really "know" people (including your own siblings), the idea of "hero(ine) worship," the romance of European travel, and misguided political idealism. "

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