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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

A Visit from the Goon Squad is structured like an album of music, with each chapter telling the story of someone connected to the music industry or influenced by music in some way. The novel begins telling the stories of Bennie Salazar, a music executive whose life is going nowhere, and his assistant, Sasha, a kleptomaniac struggling to understand her own behavior. Subsequent chapters move backward and forward in time, revealing more about Bennie and Sasha, and other people's whose lives have are related to theirs in some way. Jennifer Egan's novel has received positive reviews with the San Francisco Chronicle saying, "It's a tricky book, but in the best way. When I got to the end, I wanted to start from the top again immediately, both to revisit the characters and to understand better how the pieces fit together. Like a masterful album, this one demands a replay."
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Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction

San Francisco Chronicle review
by Malena Watrous

BookPage review
by Jillian Quint

Los Angeles Times review
by Carolyn Kellogg

Washington Post review
by Ron Charles


Dallas Morning News review
by Jenny Shank

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review
by Bob Hoover

New York Times review
by Will Blythe

St. Louis Post-Dispatch review
by Calvin Wilson

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