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By Jennifer Egan

ISBN-10: 0307592839

ISBN-13: 9780307592835

Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an getting older former punk rocker and checklist government, and Sasha, the passionate, younger lady he employs. even though Bennie and Sasha by no means realize each one other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate element, in addition to the key lives of a bunch of alternative characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over decades, in locales as diversified as ny, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.

We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist’s sofa in big apple urban, confronting her long-standing compulsion to thieve. Later, we examine the genesis of her turmoil once we see her because the baby of a violent marriage, then as a runaway dwelling in Naples, then as a faculty scholar attempting to circumvent the suicidal impulses of her ally. We plunge into the hidden yearnings and disappointments of her uncle, an paintings historian caught in a useless marriage, who travels to Naples to extract Sasha from the city’s demimonde and studies an epiphany of his personal whereas watching a sculpture of Orpheus and Eurydice within the Museo Nazionale. We meet Bennie Salazar on the depression nadir of his grownup life—divorced, suffering to hook up with his nine-year-old son, hearing a washed-up band within the basement of a suburban house—and then revisit him in 1979, on the top of his early life, shy and gentle, reveling in San Francisco’s punk scene as he discovers his ardor for rock and roll and his present for recognizing expertise. We study what turned of his highschool gang—who thrived and who faltered—and we stumble upon Lou Kline, Bennie’s catastrophically careless mentor, besides the enthusiasts and youngsters left at the back of within the wake of Lou’s far-flung sexual conquests and meteoric upward thrust and fall.

A stopover at from the Goon Squad
is a publication concerning the interaction of time and tune, approximately survival, concerning the stirrings and variations set inexorably in movement by way of even the main passing conjunction of our fates. In a panoramic array of kinds and tones starting from tragedy to satire to PowerPoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that all of us needs to both grasp or succumb to; the fundamental human starvation for redemption; and the common tendency to arrive for both—and break out the cruel growth of time—in the transporting geographical regions of paintings and tune. Sly, startling, exhilarating paintings from one among our boldest writers.

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But toward the happy ending, or away from it? She felt Alex’s hand on the back of her head, stroking her hair. ” he asked. ” “Hot,” she said. ” He went back to the tub and fiddled with the knobs and shook in some of the salts, and the room instantly filled with a steamy plantlike odor that was deeply familiar to Sasha: the smell of Lizzie’s bathroom, from the days when Sasha used to shower there after she and Lizzie went running together in Central Park. ” Alex called. She kept them folded in a basket in the bathroom.

And he’ll say, That? I’ve never seen it before—it must be yours, Sasha. And maybe that’s true. Maybe someone gave it to me years ago, and I forgot. “And did you? ” Coz asked. “I didn’t have a chance. ” “And what about later? After the bath. ” “After the bath he put on his pants and left. ” There was a pause, during which Sasha was keenly aware of Coz behind her, waiting. She wanted badly to please him, to say something like It was a turning point; everything feels different now, or I called Lizzie and we made up finally, or I’ve picked up the harp again, or just I’m changing I’m changing I’m changing: I’ve changed!

Back upstairs, he stood outside the front door, pulling fresh air into his lungs. The Stop/Go sisters and daughter clustered around him, apologizing for the airlessness of the recording studio, their father’s ongoing failure to vent it properly, reminding one another in spirited tones of the many times they themselves had grown faint, trying to work there. “We can hum the tunes,” they said, and they did, in harmony, Olivia too, all of them standing not far from Bennie’s face, desperation quivering their smiles.

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