Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2012 10:26
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Egan's eclectic cast of characters ranges from 1970s punk-rockers and record industry professionals to Kenyan tribesman and a single genocidal dictator from an unnamed country. With each chapter, perspective shifts to another character, usually a character from the periphery of a prior chapter. And with this shift in voice and perspective come radical changes in format - from straight-forward narrative to a convict's apologetic epistle to, in one instance, a powerpoint presentation created by a teenager. Each of these chapters is distinct from its siblings and each is able to stand independently as an engaging piece of short fiction.