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Jennifer Egan

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Jennifer Egan
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Jennifer Egan Birth:

Jennifer Egan was born September 6, 1962 in Chicago, IL.

Jennifer Egan Background and Writing:

Jennifer Egan grew up in Chicago before moving to San Francisco with her mother after her parents' divorce. After high school, she traveled in Europe, during which time she realized that she wanted to be a writer. She studied at the University of Pennsylvania and St John's College at the University of Cambridge in England.
Egan's novels are distinctly different from one another. The Invisible Circus (1993), which is about an 18-year-old who retraces the European travels of her dead sister, is based largely upon Egan's own travels. Look at Me (2001), a finalist for a National Book Award, concerns a beautiful model who tragically loses her face in a car accident and must rebuild her life and identity in a new context. The Keep (2006), is an eerily Gothic tale about the reunion of cousins with a bitter past, however this is a story within a story as it is being written by an inmate in a prison writing class.
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Egan's fourth novel, won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award. It is the story of an aging punk rocker turned music producer and a kleptomaniac written in a non-linear series of linked stories that continually layer character and thematic content into a cohesive narrative.

Jennifer Egan lives in Brooklyn with her husband and sons. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine.

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