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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
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Jun 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mcl, cbc, ours
Read from August 29, 2010 to September 01, 2012

This book improved on a second reading, which is what I hoped when I suggested it for book group. This time I knew to keep better track of any named characters no matter how tangential they seemed and I was rewarded with a much more coherent story.
This is another of those books that is hard to summarize. Maybe it's the opposite of "drill deep" non-fiction: take a couple of characters who know each other and explore not only their lives but the lives of the people who drop in and out of their lives. The result is a fragmented picture of a time reflected through many lenses. At times both funny and sad, this was a good read. I will definitely try some of Egan's other books.
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08/30/2012 "I'm taking a second run at this for book group and hoping I like it better this time. At least it's a fast read."
46.0% "I'm liking this better the second time around."
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