Jennifer Egan — American Novelist born on September 07, 1962,

Jennifer Egan is an American novelist and short story writer who lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Egan's novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction... (wikipedia)

I did go on safari in Kenya when I was 17, with my mother, stepfather and little brother, and I kept a careful journal of the experience that was very helpful in terms of my sensory impressions of Africa. I have traveled quite a bit at distinct times in my life, though now that I have kids I've settled down.
The bottom line is that I like my first drafts to be blind, unconscious, messy efforts; that's what gets me the best material.
Americans are less selfish than some of our politicians believe and will respond with reason and resilience to passionate clarity.
'Goon Squad' took about three years to write and that's the short end. My second novel, 'Look at Me,' took six years.
I felt more doubtful than usual with 'Goon Squad,' because I knew that the book's genre wasn't easily named - Novel? Stories? Novel-in-stories? - and I worried that its lack of a clear category would count against it. My hopes for it were pretty modest.

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