A Visit From the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

It’s rare for me to read a book and not want to gobble it up, find out what happens and MOVE ON to the next book. I am plot driven.  This book has changed me.  A disparate group of people reside in a sometimes historical and sometimes futuristic pop culture.  Each character passes through different decades until they reach the information-driven and publicly documented 21st century. Through unrelenting portraits and intertwined plots,  the book flows and interweaves pieces into a fascinating whole. People fascinated by the human condition, but not necessarily wanting answers about it, will enjoy this book.  My favourite chapter is a preteen girls’ Powerpoint presentation on her family. Be warned: this book has a few pretty grim sketches of relationships and some graphic scenes – but these are few vignettes among many. A particularly fascinating read for anyone who’s lived through the 1980’s and 1990’s. (submitted by JW)

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