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Jennifer Egan

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Jennifer Egan’s 2017 novel, Manhattan Beach, has been awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Egan was born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco. She is also the author of The Invisible Circus, a novel which became a feature film starring Cameron Diaz in 2001, Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001, Emerald City and Other Stories, The Keep, and A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the LA Times Book Prize. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, ...more

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Jennifer Egan Well I feel like a liar answering this question, because my schedule is way out of whack right now. When I'm writing original material, which I do by …moreWell I feel like a liar answering this question, because my schedule is way out of whack right now. When I'm writing original material, which I do by hand, I try to write 5-7 pages a day--ideally early in the day, so that I can move on to other things, like research for what I'm working on, or journalism, whatever. On a good day, that 5-7 pages can be accomplished in about an hour and a half. Once I'm in the editing phase, meaning I've finished a first draft and typed it up--I can work for very long stretches, and, again because I edit mostly by hand, I can do it pretty much anywhere. I have edited in elevators and on escalators, no kidding. I can also edit pretty well at night, but writing original material is really hard for me by evening--too much other stuff crowding my mind. Thank you so much for reading, Beso, and all best, Jenny(less)
Jennifer Egan Immediately and absolutely! My next book, I hope, will be a companion to GOON SQUAD, following some of the same organizational principles, and periphe…moreImmediately and absolutely! My next book, I hope, will be a companion to GOON SQUAD, following some of the same organizational principles, and peripheral characters, into (hopefully) a new world of material. Stay tuned and thanks for reading! (less)
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A Visit from the Goon Squad

3.67 avg rating — 173,087 ratings — published 2010 — 97 editions
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Manhattan Beach

3.62 avg rating — 70,685 ratings — published 2017 — 55 editions
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The Keep

3.46 avg rating — 13,093 ratings — published 2006 — 43 editions
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Look at Me

3.41 avg rating — 11,348 ratings — published 2001 — 34 editions
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The Invisible Circus

3.52 avg rating — 5,673 ratings — published 1994 — 37 editions
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Emerald City

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Why China?

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