Wednesday, 13 April 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, is the winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for 2010. Described as a daring and disturbing journey through music, time and technology, Egan’s book was selected from a shortlist of five which included Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies. The judges called the book "a novel at once experimental in form and crystal clear in the overlapping stories it delivers, offering us a sense of youth and what gets lost along the way". The Sandrof Lifetime Achievement winner was The Dalkey Archive Press and publisher John O'Brien. Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall took the 2009 fiction award, and Joyce Carol Oates the 2009 lifetime achievement award. The National Book Critics Circle is a membership organization of more than 600 book critics nationwide and considers all books in English (including in translation), no matter the country of origin.