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The Invisible Circus

By (author) Jennifer Egan

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In Jennifer Egan's highly acclaimed first novel, set in 1978, the political drama and familial tensions of the 1960s form a backdrop for the world of Phoebe O'Connor, age eighteen. Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. In order to find out the truth about Faith's life and death, Phoebe retraces her steps from San Francisco across Europe, a quest which yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith's lost generation. This spellbinding novel introduced Egan's remarkable ability to tie suspense with deeply insightful characters and the nuances of emotion.

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 222.26g
  • 19 Apr 2012
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Corsair
  • London
  • English
  • 1780331223
  • 9781780331225
  • 89,208

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Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and St John's College, Cambridge. She is the author of four novels, The Invisible Circus, Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award, The Keep, and the bestselling, A Visit from the Goon Squad which won the Pulitzer Prize and a short story collection, Emerald City. She has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's and Ploughshares, among others, and her journalism appears frequently in the New York Times Magazine.

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A trip that takes the reader through stunning emotional terrain. The New Yorker Punches home like a blow to the stomach." Elle Mesmerizing...told with great assurance and power...Ms. Egan portrays the sisters with a quiet, heartbreaking clarity. New York Times Book Review Elegant and brilliant...spellbinding, heartbreaking, and told by a master. Cosmopolitan If there were justice in the world, no one would be allowed to write a first novel of such beauty and accomplishment. -- Pat Conroy

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