Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pulitzer Prize Winner: A Visit from the Goon Squad

The 2011 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today. And, the fiction winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, is a book that I've actually read. That rarely happens!

And, unlike the last Pulitzer Prize winner, Tinkers by Paul Harding, it is a book that I can actually recommend reading.

A Visit from the Goon Squad is, without a doubt, one of the most imaginative books that I've ever read.

A collection of short, but linked, stories, it shares the stories of about 13 or so characters over a period of 40 years. It bounces around those years, entirely out of order, so that you see little pieces of the overarching narrative as it is revealed through the eyes of a different character in each chapter.

For a great review of the book, check out The New York Times.

And, let me know what you think!