Today’s choice on the Literary Advent Calendar comes from Matthew Blakstad, author of Sockpuppet (forthcoming May 2016).
Matthew has chosen A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.
Matthew says: ‘I have a thing for books that work like jigsaws and A Visit from the Goon Squad is a great example. This Pulitzer-prize winning work from a phenomenally gifted New York writer is sometimes categorised as a short story collection, sometimes as a novel. The stories in its self-contained chapters gradually weave together over several decades, forming a bitter, beautiful parable about the making of music, the loss of love, the sorrows of city life – and the constant intrusion of Time, the one goon none of Egan’s finely-wrought characters can evade.’