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, Harpers Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.
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Jennifer Egan discusses A Visit From the Goon Squad
Ok so tell us, what exactly constitutes a "visit from the goon squad"?
A: I knew the title of this book before I knew almost anything else. So I, too, entered the project in a state of wondering who the Goon Squad was, exactly. In addition to Proust, whose In Search of Lost Time I was working my way through as I wrote Goon Squad, my other primary literary (if you will) influence was The Sopranos, whose polyphonic structure I found deeply compelling. So I guess you might say that there are goons in my book's genome. The book is certainly full of people who feel beaten up in one way or anotherdisappointed, out of luck, gypped of what they once expected and still feel they deservebut these hardships aren't the work of particular enemies so much as life's vicissitudes. Without giving anything away, I'll say that the reader's understanding of who the real goon is accrues over the course of the book in much the way that my own comprehension of life's extreme brevity has overtaken me as I've pushed into my forties. And that's all I'm going to say!
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