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The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
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Oct 14, 2012

it was ok

I picked this up at the library because I wanted to read "Welcome to the Goon Squad" for which Egan won a Pulitzer. Boy, I hope she'd got better quickly! The plot is silly. Young woman sets off to find out why her sister committed suicide years ago. She had postponed her life in order to find out. She discovers, after having a romance novel affair with her sister's ex-pat ex-boyfriend that the suicide was an act of contrition for killing a janitor by planting a bomb for some German militant group because she got licked out of the Baader Meinhoff Gang. See what mean? We only get a perfunctory sense if the 60's and even less of a sense of the late 70's. I'm now curious but skeptical about the Pulitzer.
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