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A Visit from the Goon Squad
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date June 8, 2010
Pages 274
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307592835
ISBN-10 0307592839
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.75 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $26.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.

We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist’s couch in New York City, confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal. Later, we learn the genesis of her turmoil when we see her as the child of a violent marriage, then as a runaway living in Naples, then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend. We plunge into the hidden yearnings and disappointments of her uncle, an art historian stuck in a dead marriage, who travels to Naples to extract Sasha from the city’s demimonde and experiences an epiphany of his own while staring at a sculpture of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Museo Nazionale. We meet Bennie Salazar at the melancholy nadir of his adult life—divorced, struggling to connect with his nine-year-old son, listening to a washed-up band in the basement of a suburban house—and then revisit him in 1979, at the height of his youth, shy and tender, reveling in San Francisco’s punk scene as he discovers his ardor for rock and roll and his gift for spotting talent. We learn what became of his high school gang—who thrived and who faltered—and we encounter Lou Kline, Bennie’s catastrophically careless mentor, along with the lovers and children left behind in the wake of Lou’s far-flung sexual conquests and meteoric rise and fall.

A Visit from the Goon Squad
is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to PowerPoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both—and escape the merciless progress of time—in the transporting realms of art and music. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780307592835 Book cover for 9781410441515
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (October 7, 2011)
9781410441515 | details & prices | 485 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.34 lbs | List price $30.99
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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (June 8, 2010)
9780307592835 | details & prices | 274 pages | 6.75 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $26.95
About: Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780307477477 Book cover for 9780307948359 Book cover for 9781594135736
 
Large print edition from Large Print Pr (April 3, 2012)
9781594135736 | details & prices | 580 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $16.99
About: NATIONAL BESTSELLERNational Book Critics Circle Award WinnerPEN/Faulkner Award FinalistA "New York Times Book Review "Best Book One of the Best Books of the Year: "Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, " and "Village Voice" Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive.
Reprint edition from Random House (November 1, 2011)
9780307948359 | details & prices | 382 pages | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.42 lbs | List price $7.99
About: Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive.
from Anchor Books (March 22, 2011)
9780307477477 | details & prices | 340 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $15.95
CD/Spoken Word
With Roxana Ortega (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (June 8, 2010)
9781602839151 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.52 lbs | List price $29.95

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