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Jennifer Egan

Author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

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About the Author

Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 6, 1962. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and St. John's College, Cambridge. She is the author of The Invisible Circus, Look at Me, Emerald City and Other Stories, The Keep, and Manhattan Beach, which won the Andrew Carnegie Medal show more for Excellence in Fiction in 2018. Her title, A Visit from the Goon Squad, won both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Harpers, and Granta. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship. Her non-fiction articles appear frequently in the New York Times Magazine and have won a number of awards. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Jennifer Egan

A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) 8,635 copies
Manhattan Beach (2017) 2,743 copies
The Keep (2006) 1,997 copies
Look at Me (2001) 1,404 copies
The Candy House: A Novel (2022) 1,257 copies
The Invisible Circus (1995) 750 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014) — Editor — 273 copies
Black Box (2012) 55 copies

Associated Works

Middlemarch (1871) — Introduction, some editions — 17,796 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 617 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 411 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 351 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 153 copies
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Contributor — 144 copies
Granta 110: Sex (2010) — Contributor — 124 copies


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Jennifer Egan in Other People's Libraries (October 2023)


[b:Manhattan Beach|34467031|Manhattan Beach|Jennifer Egan|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1488832734s/34467031.jpg|55587075]It's been a good reading year for me. Stayed up til all hours finishing this absorbing chunk of a novel about a young woman of Irish descent who longs to be a diver for the Navy during WWII when women had a chance at male jobs, and her interactions with her disabled sister, her coworkers on base and other New York denizens of the era. Beautiful writing and characters along with a suspenseful alternate wartime story of her missing father and the well-drawn criminal Dexter and his film noir cronies. I can envision a movie. Historical fiction with the satisfying drama of an earlier age.… (more)
featherbooks | 140 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
While I thought her writing was good, I was not in the mood for the confusion of multiple narrators and lack of sequence when I read this book.
featherbooks | 514 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
Great WWII story. Nothing at all against the LBGT community, but it's nice to read a story these days that doesn't feel a need to go that way just because a character wants a profession that is traditionally masculine. There is a nod here to that community, but it's not a primary focus.
TraSea | 140 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
Wow, so much better than Manhattan Beach. Real, flawed, believable characters. I love the connections between times and places and people. Want to draw out a chart of the connections.
RaynaPolsky | 514 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |


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