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The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
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May 28, 07

really liked it
bookshelves: novels, dark-radicals
Recommended for: Flower child wanna-bes
Read in January, 2005

The protagonist, a teenager living in San Fran in the early 70s, has lived her entire life in the shadow of her flower-child older sister, who has long been dead due to mysterious circumstances.

In what turned out to be an extremely satisfying coming-of-age novel, she goes to find out what happened, travelling to Europe in her sisters footsteps and encountering bohemian characters (and sometimes tragic burnouts, junkies and users) from her sister's life. The mystery's resolution was surprising to me, though perhaps not to someone savvier. The story was great.

I've read all of Egan's books (I think) and this debut is the best of the bunch.
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