“What are our members reading?” is a series of reviews to showcase all the great books that members of our club have enjoyed reading.
Submitted by Dana Sheehan
I just finished A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. A national bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this novel was deeply enjoyable in its entirety. There is no easy way to describe this novel. Overall, there’s no main character. Not a single one of them is fully “central” in this story. It follows the lives of several characters, almost all of them somehow related or impacted by each other. There is no straightforward narrative either. The story switches between first person, third person, second person—there’s even a PowerPoint chapter. This exhilarating novel focuses on the passage of time, regret, addiction, trauma, broken families, and music. Music, as a key aspect of this novel, shows the music industry through time and creates nostalgia throughout the novel.
A Visit from the Goon Squad is a question of how we get from point A to point B. The answer isn’t always that simple.