A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Random House, 25.95) is an absolutely
stellar novel. Egan's observations are as fearless as her choices; she
tells us about the promises that were the future and the sorrows that
surprised, and with that the power of her story eclipses all others.
Here is a group of people that you knew, even if you've never known a single musician: the world-media of music has introduced us not only to the success stories but also to the endless coverage of 'wannabes'. and Egan's characters, her Goon Squad, are a group of friends and hangers-on who, like distant cousins appear only briefly in the same music-driven sphere but remain forever related.
— Charline Spektor
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