Jennifer Egan won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, and this summer her book was the common reading for the new Vassar freshmen class of 2017. Traditionally the common reading’s author then presents the William Starr Lecture, and this year Egan will discuss "The Sausage Factory: Making Fiction out of Instincts, Hunches, and Glaring Mistakes" on Wednesday, September 18 at 5:30pm in the Villard Room of Main Building. This event is free and open to the public.
A Visit from the Goon Squad was hailed by critics as a “new classic of American fiction” and for “its circuitous structure that seems almost designed for our Internet rewired brains,” and also earned Egan the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other novels are The Keep (2006), Look at Me (2001), and The Invisible Circus (1995), and she published the story collection Emerald City in 1993.
A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Egan was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and at St. John’s College, Cambridge.
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