Year 6, Book 19

19. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
I saw this book show up on many best of 2010 book lists at the end of the year. The description of the book never grabbed me, and the only reason I wound up reading it was because I saw it available to check out as an ebook from my local library. So I decided to give it a chance. Any long time reader of my book reviews knows that I am not a fan of short stories or novels that are essentially a series of short stories with a common thread. Essentially that is what this book turned out to be for the most part, although it ties things together a little bit better than other books along the same vein, such as The Imperfectionists which I recently read. The story begins with Sascha who is the assistant to record producer Bennie. The first two chapters are about them and then the additional chapters spiral out from there into their pasts each one being told from the perspective of someone one of them is connected to, although sometimes just tangentially. Given the format I actually wound up enjoying this book much more than I would have expected. It is extremely well-written and I can definitely see why it made so many best of lists. Really the only thing wrong with it as far as I’m concerned is totally a preference thing on my part. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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