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Jennifer Egan is the author of The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. A Visit from the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2011. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.
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I first came across the author with The Keep, a hypnotising duel-time, multi-narrative work. Then came her Pultizer Prize winning A Visit From the Goon Squad, an impressive novel which spans decades through the lives of complex characters. So I was really surprised to find this, her first 'historical' novel follows a linear pattern, a more conventional read than I was expecting, but nonetheless totally absorbing. Beginning in the Great Depression and closing at the end of WWII, it concentrates on Anna, her father and initially her very disabled sister. Her father is mixed up in organised crime, working for gangster Dexter Styles, whom Anna first meets when she is twelve, their paths cross dramatically again when she is in her twenties. She works as a diver in the Brooklyn Naval Yard, the first woman to do so, and we are presented with a heroine fighting for recognition and breaking the mould of what is expected for a young woman at that time. I loved it. Highly recommended.
Where Jennifer Egan's previous book A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD was all brevity and ellipses in the way the varied short stories moved between genres and came together to form a whole, her much-awaited new opus is what one would term an old-fashioned novel in its attention to detail, scope and intentions. Lengthy, detailed, meticulous, with a cast of many and a profound mystery at its core, it will surprise readers who only latched on to her protean talent with her previous, unexpected bestseller but were unaware of how she changes her stories, style and preoccupations from book to book. Set during the Depression years and World War Two, the story centers on an Irish family in Brooklyn living in the shadow of the Naval Yard where their lives are switched off course by a mysterious disappearance which forms the heart of the lingering plot. Children, gangsters, lost souls and a sad gallery of damaged human beings are part of the book's unfolding and fascinating tapestry. A book for grown-ups! ~ Maxim Jakubowski
April 2012 Book of the Month. This is the stunning, emotional debut novel, first published in 1995, from the unclassifiable but excellent author Jennifer Egan. She gained fame after winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for her spellbinding A Visit from the Goon Squad. In The Invisible Circus obsession over the death of a sister leads the surviving sibling on a odyssey to discover the truth, unearthing uncomfortable revelations about her family.
From the author of one of the top novels of 2011, A Visit from the Goon Squad, comes an elegant and poignant collection of short stories; seamless evocations of self-discovery. These eleven masterful stories - the first collection from acclaimed author Jennifer Egan - deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire. The collection is not to be missed.
September 2011 Book of the Month. From the author of the bestselling A Visit from the Goon Squad, this is one of Jennifer Egan's bold, innovative earlier novels published in a new edition, which demonstrates her virtuosity at weaving a spellbinding, ambitious tale with language that dazzles, captures the spirit of our times and offers an unsettling glimpse of the future. As her story eerily converges with that of a plain, unhappy teenager - another Charlotte - it raises tantalizing questions about identity and reality in contemporary Western culture.
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. Winner of the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011. I came across Jennifer Egan with her third novel The Keep which won the American National Book Award but slipped into this country almost unnoticed. It was one of my very special books of 2007 so I leapt on this one with glee. Very different but still very special. I think it is her writing I really enjoy, she could take any subject and I’d happily get lost in it. This is the music scene but it is actually a novel about people, ambition, hope and life; I loved it. It has recently won the Pulitzer Prize. The Lovereading view... Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2011. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 10 Jul 2011. Jennifer Egan's spellbinding novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an ageing former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. This 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. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers.
Winner of the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011. April 2011 Book of the Month. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2011. One of the 20 Longlisted titles for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 10 Jul 2011. A patchwork of lives and experiences are sewn together in this clever, edgy, beautifully written and spellbinding novel that is practically impossible to pigeon-hole in to a style or genre. With dry wit, dark humour the reader is taken on a journey with an ageing former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 14 April 2011.
The Hachette Essentials series comprises a collection of titles that are regarded as modern classics. A carefully and lovingly curated selection of distinctive, ground-breaking fiction and non-fiction titles published since 1950. Timeless. Relevant. Passionate. Unified as a series - distinctive as books. A good book is great. A great book is essential. Jennifer Egan's spellbinding novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an ageing 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 a runaway living in Naples, then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend. 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, revelling in San Francisco's punk scene as he discovers his ardour 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.
Tauchen Sie ein in das vibrierende New York der 30er und 40er Jahre, folgen Sie einer unvergesslichen Heldin in eine Zeit, in der alles auf dem Spiel steht.New York - von der Marinewerft in Brooklyn zu den schillernden Nachtclubs in Manhattan, von den Villen auf Long Island zu den Absteigen in der Bronx. 1942 sind die Manner an der Front, die Frauen stehen in der Fabrik. Aber Anna mochte ein besseres Leben. Seitdem der Vater verschwunden ist, sorgt sie fur ihre Mutter und die pflegebedurftige Schwester. Wahrend Anna den Vater nicht vergessen kann, verfolgt sie bestimmt ihren groen Traum: Unter die gigantischen Kriegsschiffe an den Docks mochte sie tauchen, um sie zu reparieren. Ein Beruf zu gefahrlich fur eine Frau - genauso wie die New Yorker Unterwelt, in der sich die Spur ihres Vaters verlor.Der Pulitzer-Preistragerin und New York Times-Bestsellerautorin Jennifer Egan ist ein Meisterwerk mit erzahlerischem Sog, mitreiender Atmosphare und unvergesslichen Figuren gelungen - ein groes Zeitpanorama!
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *; NEW YORK'S ';ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK' PICK The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad. Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Esquire, Vogue, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA TODAY, Time *; A New York Times Notable Book Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished. With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan's first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, one of the great writers of our time.
A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' Selection Sam Lafferty has hit bottom. Under investigation and on leave from the financial services firm that employed him, Sam has uprooted his wife and two daughters and dragged them against their will to central China. While on this rotten family vacation, in an alien and uncomfortable landscape, after years of deception, lousy investment, moraland soon-coming financialbankruptcy, and with his family in towSam pursues the man who had first set him on a path to corruption from crumbling binguan hotels without soap or towels to Buddhist caves near Xi'an. In this dazzling piece, selected from the stunning collection of short fiction Emerald City, by the critically acclaimed author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Jennifer Egan lays bare our capacity for failure. An ebook short.
Fur ihren erfolgreichen Roman "e;Der groere Teil der Welt"e; erhielt Jennifer Egan den Pulitzer-Preis und zahlreiche andere Auszeichnungen - nicht zuletzt deshalb, weil sie in ihrem Werk immer wieder mit Erzahlweisen experimentiert und verbluffend prazise unser heutiges Lebensgefuhl trifft oder sogar Blicke in die Zukunft wagt. Fr ihre neue Geschichte "e;Black Box"e; gibt es noch keine Bezeichnung, denn auch hier betritt sie Neuland: Die Story wurde getwittert und erschien erst, nachdem die Kurznachrichten gesendet waren, gebndelt im New Yorker. In der festgelegten Zeichenzahl von 140 Zeichen pro Tweet entfaltet Jennifer Egans Text eine ungeheure Explosionskraft. Eine namenlose, auf sich gestellte Frau ist auf einen hochrangigen Verbrecher angesetzt: Ihre Aufzeichnungen entfesseln eine atemberaubende, von Agententhrillern inspirierte Verfolgungsjagd, offenbaren dabei aber auch schonungslos den Umgang mit weiblicher Schnheit und technisch aufgersteten Krpern - eben als Black Box.
Bennie Salazar, ein Musikproduzent mit Visionen, hat Hohen und Tiefen erlebt. Auch seine Assistentin Sasha hat Probleme, von denen er allerdings nichts ahnt. Als Scotty, der Leadgitarrist von Bennies einstiger Punkband, uberraschend wieder auftaucht, holt die Vergangenheit beide ein. Jennifer Egan entwirft ein groes Portrait des kulturellen Umbruchs seit dem Ende der Utopien bis zum digitalen Zeitalter und erzhlt in wechselnden Perspektiven von Liebe, Freundschaft und Verlust. DER GRSSERE TEIL DER WELT reicht von der Musikszene San Franciscos Ende der Siebziger und dem New York der Neunziger bis zur kologischen Katastrophe der Zukunft und einem verblffenden Konzert am Ground Zero. Fr ihren Roman erhielt Jennifer Egan den Pulitzer-Preis 2011 und zahlreiche weitere renommierte Auszeichnungen. DER GRSSERE TEIL DER WELT wird fr das Fernsehen verfilmt, ist in 28 Sprachen bersetzt und international ein Bestseller.
'Close your eyes and slowly count backward from ten.'America, the near future. A young spy on a mission logs her observations. The result is an intense thriller, and a minute dissection of the experience of a woman whose beauty is also her camouflage, for whom control relies on submission: a woman whose success - whose life - depends on being seen and not seen.Originally published online via Twitter by @NYerFiction, Jennifer Egan's first new fiction since the phenomenal success of A Visit From the Goon Squad is a taut, compulsive work of unrelenting genius.
These eleven masterful stories-the first collection from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan-deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire. Egan's characters-models and housewives, bankers and schoolgirls-are united by their search for something outside their own realm of experience. They set out from locations as exotic as China and Bora Bora, as cosmopolitan as downtown Manhattan, or as familiar as suburban Illinois to seek their own transformations. Elegant and poignant, the stories in Emerald City-a teen's discovery of his father's secret life, a financial trader who runs into the con man who swindled him-are seamless evocations of self-discovery.
In Jennifer Egan's highly acclaimed first novel, the political drama and familial tensions of the 1960s form a backdrop for the world of eighteen-year-old Phoebe O'Connor.Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. In order to find out the truth about Faith's life and death, Phoebe retraces her steps from San Francisco across Europe-a quest that yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith's lost generation.
This fantastically inventive, intelligent, and fully realized exploration of music, art, and life is a must-listen.Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.
New Yorker Danny is running from something. A loner who cannot bear to be apart from his Wi-Fi connection, he is in need of refuge. His cousin Howie is an enigmatic and successful former drug addict who just happens to own a castle. As they turn the castle from crumbling ruin to luxury hotel, Howie and Danny must navigate their uncomfortable relationship. And the castle has some surprises of its own: a sinister baroness, a tragic accident in a fathomless pool, a treacherous labyrinth, and through all of this, a story within a story . . . An unnerving, haunting and unforgiving tale of modern life and modern man, the novel before A Visit from the Goon Squad is filled with Egan's breathtaking style and remarkable voice.