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Goon Squad: Introduction
Goon Squad: Plot Summary
Goon Squad: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Goon Squad: Themes
Goon Squad: Quotes
Goon Squad: Characters
Goon Squad: Symbols
Goon Squad: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Jennifer Egan
Historical Context of A Visit from the Goon Squad
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- Full Title: A Visit From the Goon Squad
- When Written: Between 2006 and 2010
- Where Written: New York City, NY
- When Published: June 8, 2010
- Literary Period: Contemporary Literature
- Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary Novel
- Setting: Most of the stories take place in and around New York City, although some stories are set in California, Italy, and Kenya
- Point of View: A blend of first, second, third, and other non-traditional points of view
Extra Credit for A Visit from the Goon Squad
Writing Process. Egan always writes the first drafts of her work longhand on a legal pad. Often, she will write the second draft the same way. She saves a version of each and every draft she writes.
Strange Connections. As an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania, Jennifer Egan dated Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc. Egan met Jobs at a dinner party in Silicon Valley, and a bicoastal relationship ensued. One time, during their relationship, Jobs showed up at Egan’s door with a brand new Macintosh computer and installed it for her.