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Jennifer Egan’s new novel, “The Candy House,” is a follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Go to From the Goon Squad.” Just a few characters seem in each books, however the novels are additionally united by Egan’s structural strategy — an ingenious one which, in “Goon Squad,” included a chapter written as a PowerPoint presentation, and in “The Sweet Home,” a chapter written as a protracted sequence of terse directives to a spy.
On this week’s podcast, Egan talks concerning the new e book, and about why she enjoys experimenting with kind.
“To my thoughts, the novel was invented to be a hungry, grasping kind that would pull into itself all other forms of discourse,” Egan says. “So within the earliest novels: graphic pictures, letters, authorized paperwork. As a fiction author, one of many enjoyable issues about working with the novel is that something is up for grabs. If I can bend it to fiction, I’ll, and I’m trying round me for these alternatives on a regular basis. It’s not simple to do it, as a result of the hazard is that you just simply appear like you’re utilizing gimmickry. And what I discover is that the one time any sort of radical structural kind works is that if I can discover a story that may solely be instructed that manner. It entails quite a lot of ready, and quite a lot of trial and error.”
Additionally on this week’s episode, Alexandra Alter discusses the work of the Russian novelist Vladimir Sorokin; and Alexandra Jacobs and Molly Younger discuss books they’ve not too long ago reviewed. John Williams is the host.
Listed below are the books mentioned by The Occasions’s critics this week:
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