A Visit from the Goon Squad

My copy of Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad is currently covered in scribbled post-it notes, because I loved it so much I decided to study it for a ‘mini-thesis’ assignment at uni. Every single page I find something new that makes me either go: “How is she doing that?!” or “Oh wow, she’s actually doing this…”

Because the amazing thing about A Visit from the Goon Squad is that every chapter is told from a different perspective – a new character from a new point in time with something awesome to bring to the table (there’s even a chapter in the form of a PowerPoint presentation – how many books can you say have something like that!). Whether you’re following kleptomaniac Sasha or her music-producer boss Bennie Salazar, or even Bennie’s ex-wife’s boss, there’s always something special to grab you by those page-turning hands and pull you right into the story.

The novel itself spans across many decades, lives, countries and topics; loss, youth, transformation, all covered in every way you could imagine and stuffed within 350 pages of pure “there-is-no-way-I-could-put-this-down” story-telling. But the great thing about Egan is that she manages to turn some things that could be real downers, into things that make you laugh out loud. Nothing in this book is ever as it seems which makes every chapter new and exciting to read.

Is it any wonder this book won the Pulitzer for Fiction in 2011?

So, now you can imagine why my copy is filled with little yellow post-its. If you’re looking for a book that is different, will keep you guessing from page to page, and is written in a simple yet stylish prose – Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad should be sitting on your book shelf. It doesn’t even have to get covered in sticky-notes, just enjoy the hell out of it.

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Kyra Bandte is at UOW studying creative writing and english literatures (all things writing, all the time). She’s always buying books faster than she can read them, but she’ll get to them all one day. Likes include coffee, board games, overcast skies, the colour green and throwing nouns together. Dislikes include cliches. 

Kyra is also completing a Copywriting and Public Relations Internship at the Co-op as part of her course.


Congratulations to our Visit from the Goon Squad winner Marianne and Hollie.

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