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Candy House

The Candy House, by Jennifer Egan

I loved this loose follow-up to Egan’s incredible A Visit from the Goon Squad (you don’t need to have read Goon Squad, but you really should, because it’s incredible). In this interwoven novel of characters from Goon Squad and new ones, action centers around the invention of “Own Your Unconscious,” a device that gives you access to every single one of your memories and the ability to share them with others. It’s had the effect you might expect, and society has divided, with a group of “eluders” who have refused the tempting sweets of the Candy House.

Egan is an expert in creating character voices with writing styles to complement them, and this work showcases her ability in a way that isn’t gimmicky, but instead absorbing and ultimately moving. You’ll love it, and I want to discuss it with you.

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