A Visit from the Goon Squad A Visit from the Goon Squad , the latest from Jennifer Egan ( The Invisible Circus , The Keep ), is centered, nominally, on the… A Visit from the Goon Squad A Visit from the Goon Squad , the latest from Jennifer Egan ( The Invisible Circus , The Keep ), is centered, nominally, on the… 2010-06-08 Fiction Knopf
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A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)

Jennifer Egan | A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 08, 2010; Writer: Jennifer Egan; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

A Visit from the Goon Squad, the latest from Jennifer Egan (The Invisible Circus, The Keep), is centered, nominally, on the aging owner of an independent
 record label and his comely, kleptomania-prone assistant. But it is in fact a frequently dazzling piece of layer-cake meta-fiction, told via a sprawling constellation of characters and linked vignettes that spill from the late-'70s Bay Area punk scene to the African plains, the dissolute slums of Naples, and the flush New York suburbs of the '90s boom. Egan's expert flaying of human foibles has the compulsive allure of poking at a sore tooth: excruciating but exhilarating, too. A–

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Originally posted Jun 08, 2010 Published in issue #1107 Jun 18, 2010 Order article reprints