Goon Squad’s Jennifer Egan takes the Pulitzer!

I find it very satisfying to be right.  That’s why I was HUGELY excited when last year I called the Edgars… way more satisfying than happening to guess which of the 10 nominees will ultimately win the Oscar for Best Picture.

That’s kind of how I felt when I learned that Jennifer Egan had won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her amazing book,  A Visit from the Goon Squad.  I got the book for Christmas and, with one thing and another, didn’t read it for a week or two.  My January blog post title says it all:  Egan Envy.  My review boiled down to:  Wow!  Why can’t I be that good?

Here’s a video of Jennifer talking about her book.  (You may need to put up with a 30-second commercial first.  Sorry.)

What I found especially interesting about Jennifer’s comments is that she had no idea, when she was writing the book, that it would have such a reach.  She mentions that she wrote each section separately, and it is true that the structure is that of intertwined short stories.  That really resonated with me.  The story arc in a short story is very self-contained, and it is interesting to think that you can write something expansive by exploring within something contained – think Venn diagram!

So, very sincere congratulations to Jennifer Egan.  I’m eager for her next book.

One response to “Goon Squad’s Jennifer Egan takes the Pulitzer!

  1. Must be an enjoyable read A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by “to read” list.

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