Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!
A Visit from the Goon Squad* by Jennifer Egan
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Summary: Written like a collection of loosely-knit short stories, the novel centers on a two characters, a recording executive named Bennie and his employee, Sasha. The stories move through different times and settings.
It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel. Sasha was adjusting her yellow eye shadow in the mirror when she noticed a bag on the floor beside the sink that must have belonged to the woman whose peeing she could faintly hear through the vaultlike door of a toilet stall. Inside the rim of the bag, barely visible, was a wallet made of pale green leather.
Do you think she’s going to take the wallet or not?
While in a therapy session, Sasha reveals that not taking the wallet is a bigger challenge than stealing it. Showing her unusual response to what is essentially an everyday occurrence gives the reader a deep insight into her character right at the start.
I can see why Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for this novel.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?
Or have you already read A Visit from the Goon Squad?