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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: A Visit From the Goon Squad

April 19, 2011

Fort Greene resident/author Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize today for her novel A Visit From the Goon Squad. She describes it a “Proust meets the Sopranos.” Some say it’s mixed up timeline feels like Back to the Future.

NY Daily News: “I thought, ‘How could a book work in the same decentralized yet powerful way as an excellent television show like ‘The Sopranos,'” said Egan, 48.

The Pulitzer committee praised Egan’s page-turner, calling it a “big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.”

“It’s a crazy feeling,” Egan said of the honor. “It’s such a cliché, but it really does feel dreamlike.”

She said she received word of the prize when her publicist called her as she was eating lunch at the Fort Greene restaurant Olea.

“I was weeping and then I jumped up and told the waitress that we had to leave because I’ve just learned some news,” said Egan.

Have you read it? Discuss it here!

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