Jennifer Egan

This author appeared at the 2010 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

Jennifer Egan at the 2010  Texas Book Festival

Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad is one of the most magnetic literary fiction achievements released in 2010. Unlike other postmodern works that beguile with structural twists and turns, Egan effortlessly immerses you in the lives of characters you’re instantly invested in, like Bennie Salazar, a music executive tormented by shameful events from his past and his kleptomaniacal assistant, Sasha. Episodes of the past that shaped Sasha and Bennie and stories of the people connected to them spiral forth in a way that could easily feel like a series of jarring misfires in a less carefully conceived book. Instead, Egan takes you leaping through the lives of a myriad of characters you root for, sigh and commiserate with, and remain curious about long after the spotlight shifts away from them. Egan deftly demonstrates how the simple passing of a decade can fell a person’s identity and remix them into a person they never imagined they’d become (one character says to another, “Time’s a goon, right? You gonna let that goon push you around?”). The Washington Post calls A Visit from the Goon Squad “a deeply humane story about growing up and growing old in a culture corroded by technology and marketing. . . [A] triumph of technical bravado and tender sympathy.” Egan is also the author of The Invisible Circus, Look at Me (a finalist for the National Book Award), and the national bestseller The Keep. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Egan’s nonfiction work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.

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