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Jennifer Egan is the type of genre-defying writer that comes around once every what, decade? Generation? We're not even sure. Egan works in fractured styles, hidden narrators and even one PowerPoint presentation. Her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award. Never has a book deftly covered the role that popular music and technology play in our lives from the 1970s punk movement to a teenage boy obsessed with the pauses in between rock songs and the way our language is transformed by the gadgets we invent and then overuse.
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