Admittedly, I am a bit weary of Pulitzer prize winners. I read Beloved recently and that reaffirmed my general avoidance. A Visit From the Goon Squad somehow passed my initial Pulitzer “weed out”, and thank goodness it did.
Jennifer Egan succeeds brilliantly in creating a cohesive narrative out of so many fragments. Each chapter is told in a distinct narrative voice, making each character’s story vibrantly unique. The use of multiple narrators, obviously lends itself to multiple viewpoints. This original technique allows characters to be fleshed out and come to life.
In addition to the effective structure of the book, the quality of the writing is also great: modern yet smart, bitingly funny yet simultaneously heart wrenching.
This book earned its Pulitzer.