A Visit from the Goon Squad

About the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

A Visit from the Goon Squad is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction by American author Jennifer Egan. The book is a set of thirteen interrelated stories with a large set of characters all connected to Bennie Salazar, a record company executive, and his assistant, Sasha.

The book centers on the mostly self-destructive characters of different ages who, as they grow older, are sent in unforeseen, and sometimes unusual, directions by life. The stories shift back and forth in time from the 1970s to the present and into the near future. Many of the stories take place in and around New York City, although other settings include San Francisco, Italy, and Kenya.

In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize, the book also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2010. The novel received mostly positive reviews from critics and later appeared in many lists of the best fiction works of the 2010s.

(from Wikipedia)

More Reading

Excerpt from A Visit from the Goon Squad (chapter 1)

A Visit from the Goon Squad – by Jennifer Egan – on Goodreads

Original Guardian review of A Visit from the Goon Squad

Author website

Interview (about 1 hour) from the Louisiana Channel: “Jennifer Egan – Writing Out the American Psyche”

A dissertation with comparative analysis of A Visit from the Goon Squad and two other short story cycles


“I don’t want to fade away, I want to flame away – I want my death to be an attraction, a spectacle, a mystery. A work of art.”


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