A Visit from the Goon Squad

And the hum, always the hum, which maybe wasn’t an echo after all, but the sound of time passing.

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

How it begins: “It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel.”

I haven’t read a book like this in a long time. By a book like this, I mean one that is just straight forward adult fiction. It was different in that it felt like real life, with the pain and the regret and the happy and sad endings. It was blunt and truthful. Time jumped and stories crossed over and through and around.

I finished it a while ago and I remember a significant amount of the stories and big pieces of the characters. That doesn’t happen that often. I read so much and so fast and mostly just for the joy of the stories that the details happen in the moment for me and it’s usually the messages that stay with me rather than the stories and the characters themselves.

This was just a good book. Stories of fortune and loss, quirks and moving on. How some of us end up higher up and others find themselves without. And second chances. And a wondering that although it may lessen and lose some of its bother, it never goes away and it haunts and reminds and forever goes unanswered. And understanding that sometimes, that unanswered ending just has to be enough.

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