Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (2010)
This Pulitzer Prize winning book is more of a collection of short stories than a novel with each chapter focusing on a particular time in a character’s life. Written in a non linear format the book spans from the 1970s punk rock scene to the distant future of 2020. The American music scene is the focus for the diverse cast of characters that includes Sasha, a troubled young kleptomaniac and Bennie, an aging music producer. Throughout the book, the characters’ lives intersect each other and in the end everyone is connected to one another to some degree. Egan’s unique writing style allows the reader to see the characters at different points in their lives and understand how time has changed them.
This is an intriguing and engaging novel that explores memory and the passing of time in our lives.
Check out this candid interview with the author about her book.