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Art Works Podcast: Jennifer Egan

Washington, DC

In this week’s Art Works podcast , National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jennifer Egan talks about her wildly imaginative novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. The book is comprised of interlocking stories told in non-linear narratives that stylistically range from tragedy to parody to Power Point. It’s through this jumble of styles that we trace the lives of Bennie Salazar, a music executive with a punk rock past, and his troubled assistant Sasha. We visit them from different perspectives at different points in their lives and see the tricks time plays with them. Who or what is the Goon Squad? Well, here’s Jennifer Egan to explain ( and if you think the title is unusual, wait until you hear what inspired the book.)

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