The main character is a young woman called Sasha who we learn early on is a kleptomaniac as she discusses her problem with a therapist. Each chapter is narrated from a different person’s perspective and leads the reader to think about the relationship of each character to the ones in previous chapters. As the book continues it builds up a mesh of interconnected lives spanning the decades.
Bosco’s publicist is Stephanie, wife to Bennie Salazar, a famous and successful record producer. Bennie is the boss to Sasha, the subject of the introductory story, “Found Objects,” first published in The New Yorker in 2008. Sasha is sort of the central characters haunts each subsequent story (or chapter): a ghost of time past, present, and future. There are whole host of characters who are musicians, image consultant to a genocide dictator, mostly forgettable.
I managed to follow Sasha’s story at the beginning of the chapter and the powerpoint slides of Sasha’s daughter at the end. I found the idea of measuring pause on songs intriguing and applaud at the effort of actually drawing a chart to that.
Besides that I just find everything to be very pop-culturish and pointless. The book may appeal to some, but it didn’t work for me. Pulitzer Prize winners didn’t seem to work with me at all since Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies. I have nothing much to say about the book so I guess I better not say anything more, but here’s my rating, which may says it all.
p/s: I didn’t read it, I skimmed it.
Other reviews about the book:
Jackie @ Farmlane Books: There was no real message behind the book and so I didn’t think the effort was worth it.
Graham @ My book year: A Visit from the Goon Squad is witty and ironic, and terribly up with the Zeitgeist, but it is also full of compassion for its characters.
Savidge Read: made me wonder if this an author who is genuinely following her creative path or doing something much more calculated and planned? I am hoping it’s the first of the two options and that maybe I am just missing out on the Goon Party and simply don’t get it.
Discriminating Taste: Egan is, in my opinion, a hip and accessible literary genius in plain clothes. Her books are thought-provoking and innovative when it comes to the power of fiction and imagination
Winner of 2011 Pulitzer Prize
Longlisted for 2011 Orange Prize
Winner of 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award
Read this for Magic Lasso’s Orange July challenge.
Paperback. Publisher: Coirsair 2011; Length: 336 pages; Setting: Contemporary USA. Source: Reading Battle Library loan. Finished reading / skimming on: 7th July 2011.