Jennifer Egan is an American novelist and short story writer known for her unique storytelling techniques and innovative use of language and narrative structure. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2011 for her novel 'A Visit from the Goon Squad.' Her work often explores themes of time, technology, and identity.
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"A Visit from the Goon Squad" is an interconnected collection of stories about a group of characters whose lives intersect in the music industry. The narrative spans several decades, tracing the characters' journey from their youth to middle age. It explores themes of time, change, and the impact of technology on human relationships and the music industry. The novel is known for its experimental structure, including a chapter written as a PowerPoint presentation.
"The Candy House" is a short story by Jennifer Egan about a young girl named Sasha who becomes obsessed with a neighbor's house that is filled with candy. She begins to sneak into the house and steal candy, but soon discovers a dark secret about the owner. The story explores themes of temptation, morality, and the consequences of our actions.
Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and World War II, the novel follows the life of a young woman who becomes the first female diver to repair ships at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where her father once worked before his mysterious disappearance. As she grows into her new role, she is drawn into a complex web of underworld figures, sailors, and her father's past, all of which converge to reveal profound truths about her family and the larger world around her. The story is a rich tapestry of a bygone New York, exploring themes of resilience, the impact of war, and the quest for self-discovery amidst the tides of history.