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The Candy House - Jennifer Egan

The Candy House - Jennifer Egan
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Title: The Candy House

Author:  Jennifer Egan

ISBN:  9781472150912

Weight:  934 g

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The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

The long-awaited sibling novel to Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad.


From one of the most dazzling and iconic writers of our time comes an electrifying, deeply moving novel about the quest for authenticity, privacy, and meaning in a world where our memories are no longer our own.

It’s 2010.  Staggeringly successful and brilliant tech entrepreneur Bix Bouton is desperate for a new idea.  He’s forty, with four kids, and restless when he stumbles into a conversation with mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or “externalising” memory.  Within a decade, Bix’s new technology, Own Your Unconscious – that allows you access to every memory you’ve ever had, and to share every memory in exchange for access to the memories of others – has seduced multitudes.  But not everyone.

In spellbinding linked narratives, Egan spins out the consequences of Own Your Unconscious through the lives of multiple characters whose paths intersect over several decades.  Egan introduces these characters in an astonishing array of styles – from omniscient to first person plural to a duet of voices, an epistolary chapter, and a chapter of tweets.  In the world of Egan’s spectacular imagination, there are “counters” who track and exploit desires and there are “eluders,” those who understand the price of taking a bite of the Candy House.

Intellectually dazzling and extraordinarily moving, The Candy House is a bold, brilliant imagining of a world that is moments away.  With a focus on social media, gaming, and alternate worlds, you can almost experience moving among dimensions in a role-playing game.  Egan takes her “deeply intuitive forays into the darker aspects of our technology-driven, image-saturated culture” (Vogue) to stunning new heights and delivers a fierce and exhilarating testament to the tenacity and transcendence of human longing for real connection, love, family, privacy and redemption.

Peer & Press Reviews

Egan returns to the fertile territory and characters of A Visit from the Goon Squad with an electrifying and shape-shifting story that one-ups its Pulitzer-winning predecessor.

Publishers Weekly

Playfully twists various narratives into a series of compelling interconnected vignettes, featuring many of the same characters from her award-laden 2010 novel.  Ever the consummate storyteller and with a deft and powerful sense of characterisation, Egan is sure to have struck gold once more.

Harper’s Bazaar

A forceful, wonderfully fragmented novel of a terrifyingly possible future, as intellectually rigorous as it is formally impressive, and yet another monumental work from Egan.

Library Journal

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Title The Candy House
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.
(Printed on this page is the author’s name, and the title.)
Book Stats
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Corsair
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781472150912
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 334
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Pieter M. van Hattem
Jacket design Nico Taylor – LBBG

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