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The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
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Aug 25, 2012

it was amazing
Read from August 25 to 31, 2012

i was so blown away by 'a visit from the goon squad' that i wanted to read egan's entire oeuvre. this is her first book and it is amazing. i really fell in love with the writing and the characters. i think it's the hardest thing to create flawed characters and make you love them. the relationships between everyone in the family are really heartbreaking. it made me think how hard it is to have kids and not depend on them for your happiness. there's a fine line between being proud of them and being happy for them but to burden them with the responsibility for fulfilling your life seems to be bad parenting and selfish. the protagonist is phoebe and you really root for her to turn out ok. egan also has wonderful descriptions of sf during the late 60s and early 70s as well as some insights into the hippie mentality in america and europe and what it was they were fighting so hard for and in some cases dying for. really fantastic story.
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