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Friday, December 30, 2011

A Visit From the Good Squad

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan is a beautiful book that weaves together many stories into one narrative--and I actually enjoyed it!  Not because I don't love Ms. Egan, but because I am normally not a fan of books (or movies for that matter) that tell many stories that all collide into one.  This one was a little different, though.  It wasn't about how they all connected--it was about using the connection to tell a story that spans several decades.

I run into a conundrum I often face here on this blog which is giving too much away.  I really don't want to do that.  So instead of telling you the story, I will tell you how awesome Ms. Egan's story structure is.  You first feel that she is telling short stories with the first chapter.  Who is this girl and where is this story going?  Then you read the second chapter where Ms. Egan takes a character from the first ditty and tells their story--which may very well be in a different time period.  Then another character takes center stage in the third chapter but they are still related to the first two stories.  I have to say that I found it quite amazing and quite intriguing and I couldn't stop reading because I had to figure out who I was going to hear about next.

So you are saying to yourself, "According to Nicole, AKA the Sassy Peach, I should pick up this book."  And you are right.  You should.  So get on Amazon, click a few buttons, and rock it out on your Kindle.  You can also hit up your local library for either the real version or the electronic version.  But seriously, get off your tushy and read this book.

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