A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

To the person who recommended this to me: THANK YOU.

I had heard this was a good book and I’m very partial to American writers, but for one reason or another it never made it to the ‘I want to read this’ list.

It’s basically about life, not it’s about the lives of many people… told in chapters, in a non linear way. There is always one character that connects the chapters so you don’t feel you’re reading disconnected stories. The timeline jumps backwards and forwards, follows characters at various times… but everyone’s life is connected somewhat, even if they don’t know it. Life, let’s face it, is a lot like that, we touch people’s lives even if we don’t know we do.

It’s beautifully written and it’s very cleverly written – one of my favourite chapter is a power point presentation, genius. And I hate powerpoint!

It’s about friendships and relationships and work and music and the passing of time, about details and the whole, about choices, about technology and society. It’s a little bit sad, a little bit funny, a little bit rock and roll.

So so good.

The list so far:

2018   The mermaid and Mrs Hancock

2017 – Magari domain resto (Lorenzo Maroni)

2016 – Upstream (Mary Oliver)

2015   –  Reasons to stay alive (Matt Haig)

2014 – Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer)

2013 – Careless people (Sarah Churchwell)

2012 – Wonder (RJ Palacia)

2011 – The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)

2010 – Visit from the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)

2009 – Let the great world spin (Colum McCann)


2007  The Road (Cormac McCarthy)


2005 – Never let me go (Kazuo Ishiguro)

2004 – American Gods (Nail Gainman)


2002 – Everything is illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)


2000 – Coram Boy (Jamila Gavin)



1997 – Under Storm’s wings – (Helen Thomas)

1996 – Wilfred and Eileen (Jonathan Smith)




1992 – The daughters of the house (Michele Roberts)

1991- Regeneration (Pat Barker)

1990 – Darkness visible (William Styron)

1989 – Like water for chocolate (Laura Esquivel)


1987  –


1985­ – Oranges are not the only fruit (Jeanette Winterson)

1984  – Hotel du Lac (Anita Brookner)

1983 –  Heartburn (Nora Ephron)

1982  – The colour purple (Alice Walker)


1980 – Emmeline (Judith Rossiter)

1979 – The bloody chamber (Angela Carter)


1977   The passion of New Eve (Angela Carter)


1975 –  First love, last rites – (Ian McEwan)


1973 –  the honorary consul (Graham Greene)

1972 –  Angle of repose  (Wallace Stegner)

1971  – Reunion (Fred Uhlman)

1970  – A slipping down life (Anne Tyler)

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