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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."