That moment when you finish a book, look around, and realize that everyone is just carrying on with their lives as though you didn’t just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback.
Jennifer Egan is also a master of drawing you in to the characters lives, and of manipulating the time frame to create a human sort of suspense.
‘You knew my uncle?’ She asked, with excitement. ‘Before?’ ‘A little,’ I said noncommittally. ‘before what?’ ‘Everything that happened,’ she said, and some memory grazed me, then, some disturbing thing I’d heard about Moose. I couldn’t call it back. ‘He’s still called Moose,’ was all she said.
Look at Me, jennifer egan
I’m just beginning this book, having loved A Visit From the Film Squad, The Keep and Emerald City. I just read a quote that sums up the premise of the books well. Egan writes out of the ending of things - that is a starting point and clearly an imaginative point for her.
I also really love the confident and slick beginning of this novel, it would be so out of place on a slush pile. She introduces a world of interesting characters quickly, within 4 pages, and a back story or sense of the protagonists nostalgia and present uncertain situation. Her life has ended in a sense.
Also, a bit of intrigue as she is contacted by a private detective.
Just a few thoughts I wanted to note down.