Jennifer Eagen’s Novels

Eagen won the Pulitzer Price for A Visit from the Goon Squad which is a richly layered character driven book. The “goon squad” is a metaphor for age coming to her characters, some maturing in wisdom and some with quirks of personality. This is book of human nature by an author who isn’t into violence but isn’t afraid of the “shadow forces” in us all. A telling of ┬ápeople which includes their shadow impulses gives us a glimpse into our common reality not readily shown.

A memoir that includes the difficult parts of your personality will make you more real and will show you more honestly. It takes a healthy ego to admit your faulty thinking and faults. Why write a memoir if it isn’t to present a whole person who had such-and-such experiences and survived. Survival with wisdom and humor is the goal. I suspect.

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