Search Results: "Jennifer Egan"


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EMERALD CITY by Jennifer Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The lure of adventure and the lust for wealth in Egan's schematic little fictions are just yuppie fantasies; she seldom gets beyond the clichÇs of money and personal crisis."
The author of the novel The Invisible Circus (1994) collects 11 somewhat strained stories that seem suited to the glossy venues in which they first appeared (e.g., GQ and Mademoiselle): They're slick if utterly predictable lifestyle studies that entertain very conventional notions of conformity and wildness. Read full book review >

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THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS by Jennifer Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Covers a lot of ground but sometimes stumbles. (Author tour)"
This sensitive debut novel puts theme before function in portraying the post-Boomer generation's nostalgia for the '60s they just missed out on. Read full book review >

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MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Realistically detailed, poetically charged, and utterly satisfying: apparently there's nothing Egan can't do."
After stretching the boundaries of fiction in myriad ways (including a short story written in Tweets), Pulitzer Prize winner Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad, 2010, etc.) does perhaps the only thing left that could surprise: she writes a thoroughly traditional novel. Read full book review >

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THE KEEP by Jennifer Egan
Released: Aug. 7, 2006

"Intelligent, challenging and exciting."
Two cousins linked by a shameful secret, a convicted murderer and a reformed meth freak are unlikely co-conspirators in this adventurous new novel by Egan (Look at Me, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2010

"Another ambitious change of pace from talented and visionary Egan, who reinvents the novel for the 21st century while affirming its historic values."
"Time's a goon," as the action moves from the late 1970s to the early 2020s while the characters wonder what happened to their youthful selves and ideals. Read full book review >

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LOOK AT ME by Jennifer Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2001

"A surprisingly satisfying stew of philosophy, social commentary, and storytelling."
In her sprawling, ambitious second novel, Egan (The Invisible Circus, 1995) questions the shift in America's cultural underpinnings from industry to information, using as dual settings the hip fashion world of Manhattan and the nation's demographic and geographic middle, represented by Rockford, Illinois. Read full book review >

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JENNIFER GOVERNMENT by Max Barry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"It's Catch-22 by way of The Matrix."
Bubblegum pop-future comedy in which corporations go to war like feudal fiefdoms. Read full book review >

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JENNIFER, TOO by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The perky, realistic dialogue, lively b&w art, and assertive protagonist will all appeal to other young feminists, and to boys with older sibs, too. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The author of the popular Jamaica books offers three easy chapters about a cheerful child edging her way into her big brother's games with his friends. Read full book review >

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JENNIFER, GWYNETH & ME by Rachel Bertsche
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2014

"A gratuitous work of celebrity worship."
One writer's attempt to "celebrify" her life by following the examples of today's leading ladies in pop culture. Read full book review >

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WHAT JENNIFER SAW by Hal Schweig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2013

"A gripping tale of suspense, family dynamics and trauma's fallout."
Schweig's debut novel is a psychological murder mystery that traces the undoing of a family after tragedy strikes. Read full book review >

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JENNIFER MURDLEY'S TOAD by Bruce Coville
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Snagged immediately with ``If Jennifer Murdley hadn't been forced to wear her brother's underpants to school, the whole thing might never have happened,'' readers will find this latest escapade featuring Mr. S. H. Elives and his quirky magic-shop endlessly funny. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2014 by Jennifer Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Intelligently chosen; essential for students and aspiring writers of fiction as a kind of state-of-the-art (or at least state-of-the-trend) snapshot, with a few standouts."
The latest installment in a venerable series whose origin stretches back a full century. Read full book review >