From Constable & Robinson:
'Sparkling...an incredibly affecting novel, sad, funny and wise.' Guardian'Fiction of the highest quality...moving and life-enhancing...a must-read.' Sunday Times'Playful, fearlessly inventive...a work of imaginative energy and charm.' TelegraphWinner of the Pulitzer Prize for FictionWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award 2011Special Edition includes: 1. Complete novel with full award-winning audiobook sync2. Exclusive audio, video and text content3. Exclusive chapter illustrations4. Unique interactive reading interfaceShortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2011Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011From Africa to Naples, New York to San Francisco, record producers to genocidal generals, Jennifer Egan tears through the lives of her characters with verve and guile: Lou, a coke-snorting, teenage-girl-seducing music producer in the 1970s; his prodigy, Bennie, a music producer himself, who hires a young woman, Sasha, who has a problem with kleptomania; she has a one night stand with Alex, who in the not-too-distant future is hired by Bennie to engineer the comeback of Bennies high school friend, Scott, who went off the radar but turns up one day in Bennies office with a fish hed caught in the East River, where Sashas college boyfriend, Rob, had once gone for an early morning swim with tragic consequences; Bennies wife works for a publicist named Dolly whose daughter, Lulu, will end up working with Alex; Bennies wifes brother is a journalist who attempts to rape of an actress named Kitty Jackson who in her declining years is later hired by Dolly to enable the public rehabilitation of a Latin American dictator.A Visit from the Goon Squad captures the moments where lives interact as these characters fortunes ebb and flow; sometimes they are popular and affluent, other times down and out. Egan depicts, with elegant prose and often heart-wrenching simplicity, the sad consequences for those who couldnt fake it during their wild youth madness, suicide or prison in this captivating, wryly humorous story of temptation and loss.