March 22, 2011
March 22, 2011
The intellectually audacious and lyrically gifted Jennifer Egan uses a portrait (more like a shredded Polaroid, actually) of an aging musician to convey a few of her more luminous thoughts on tiny topics such as life, death, memory, time, rebellion, kleptomania, text messages, Power Point, and punk rock. Egan's expansive universe of characters is obviously elliptical, since it has a pair of foci, rather than a center--Bennie Salazar, the aforementioned rocker turned music producer, and his secretary Sasha, who has an odd tendency to turn one-night stands into opportunities for casual theft. Beginning with Bennie and Sasha, Egan builds outward, encompassing the stories of their friends, family, co-workers, and even casual acquaintances, as she shifts the view and voice of the book as if the narrative drive had a manual transmission. From the howl and ruckus of punk rock clubs in 1970s San Francisco to the combustible bustle of contemporary Manhattan to the scarred silence of the Western desert in the not-too-present future, Egan urgently digresses her way through the tail end of the 20th century and on into the mouth of the 21st, allowing her method of depiction to condense and simplify before the readers' eyes as time inexorably progresses while life inexplicably recedes. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2010 and by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 10 Book.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Society + Social Issues, Conflicts + Dualities, Types of Characters, Family + Friendship, Psychology, Arts + Entertainment, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Types of Characters, Society + Social Issues, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Family + Friendship, Conflicts + Dualities, Arts + Entertainment, Psychology
- Language: English
- Author: Jennifer Egan
- Online Item #: 13435082
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0025
- ISBN: 9780307477477
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported