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A Visit From The Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan Initially, the book did nothing for me. As I read it, the disjointed points of view for the first two chapters felt very set apart and with little to tie them together. I didn't like being left of in the midst of the action and then have my attention re-focused on another time, another space and another set of characters. But, with time and with more chapters, there were more layers and more links between the characters. It actually came together rather spectacularly in the last third of the book. That's when I fell in love.The blurb on the back of the book talks about Sasha and Bennie and following them through time, as they interact with the different people in their lives. But this book is so much more than that. It's also about Rhea and Allison and Lulu and Dolly and Alex and Lou and Rolph and plenty of other characters. It was really well written, with all the shimmering threads (spider's web?) that connect some of the characters to each other being revealed and followed. Except that I would have liked a chapter just on Rolph. That's my main complaint. Otherwise...if you can stand the first 4 or 5 chapters, this might be the book for you.