What to read now, according to A Visit From the Goon Squad author Jennifer Egan
Author Jennifer Egan knows a thing or two about what makes a good book — she won the Pulitzer Prize after all. She spoke to EW about the 10th anniversary of her novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, and offered up a few of her recent reading picks.
Kingdom Tide by Rye Curtis
"This is a debut novel that I think is truly excellent and did not find a wide audience, at least in hardcover, when it came out in January. It's a young man writing from the point of view of a woman in her 80s, and he does it beautifully. It's funny, dark, sort of Gothic, and grotesque in moments. It is superb."
Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
"This is dynamite. I am loving it so far. It's such a strong voice. It's really strange and authoritative and really visceral."
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
"I've re-discovered Willa Cather as a great American writer recently. I think I had read maybe My Antonia long ago, but she was incredible. I mean, Death Comes to the Archbishop is an amazing book. O Pioneers! The Song of the Lark. I've read all of those in the last few months, they're mind-blowingly good."
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
"I'm reading The Mirror and the Light — I love Hilary Mantel. And I'm totally luxuriating in that. I'm actually doing it on audiobook, I'm an absolute audiobook junkie. The reader on this one is great."
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
"I finally read this really beautiful book. I think it may be marketed as YA, which basically just means there's nothing graphic in it, but it's just a really thoughtful reflection on a certain moment of girlhood in Brooklyn."