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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
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May 15, 2011

really liked it
Read in May, 2011

The most striking thing about this book is how it demonstrates what a powerful tool structure can be. One section was particularly moving: it began in the second person as a description of a sort of out-of-body experience, but it came crashing back into a first-person narrative with such force that it nearly knocked the wind out of me. Another section is written in what look like powerpoint slides. Another still uses a myriad of futuristic texting abbreviations. The chapters shift from close third to first and back again, weaving together a potent narrative about time and change and music and culture. Jennifer Egan is a master of structure, and while I don't think the stories are the most interesting things in the world, the way they are composed more than makes up for any lingering banality.

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