Happy One Year to Me
Thanks, dear readers, and have a great day as we close down summer.
My Book World
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I love how Egan structures this book. It’s almost like a story collection in which one character is both a major and a minor character but in different chapters. The narrative is not in chronological order—much the way our minds work—and it’s up to the reader to put the events together. She’s a master at giving the reader subtle clues about where you are and what the time frame is. It’s not an easy read, but it’s fun. She has one chapter—Chapter Twelve, Great Rock and Roll Pauses—that’s written in the form of flow charts. The novel, about the punk rock world of the eighties, seems genuine—particularly to those of us who know little about it—and draws us in as a fine novel should. Kudos to Egan for earning all the awards of the year: National Book Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a PEN/Faulkner finalist, one of the Best Books of Year.