A Visit From the Goon SquadPaperback - 2011
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Egan’s novel jumps time and location in an inventive mix or interconnected stories and characters all linked to Bennie Salazaar. Revolving around the music business, Egan’s storytelling is clever, dark and unconventional.
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"The pause makes you think the song will end. And then the song isn't really over, so you're relieved. But then the song does actually end, because every song ends, obviously, and THAT. TIME. THE. END. IS. FOR. REAL."
"...when she was like anyone, with a life that worried and electrified and overwhelmed her..."
We're there, the three of us, like before. We're back to the beginning...We never did get to Africa, or anywhere. We barely left this house.
So this is it-what cost me all that time...In 1979, that could be the beginning of an exciting story, a story where anything might happen. Not it's a punch line. "It was all for no reason," I say. "That's never true," Rhea says. "You just haven't found the reason yet."..."I got lost," I say.
"It will prompt some of them, years from now, to search for each other on Google and Facebook, unable to resist the wish fulfillment fantasy these portals offer: What ever happened to . . . ?...mostly, the reunions will lead to a mutual discovery that having been on safari thirty-five years before doesn't qualify as having much in common, and they'll part ways wondering what, exactly they'd hoped for."
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