Having just won the National Book Critics Circle fiction award, Jennifer Egan is now adding the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction to the awards for A Visit from the Goon Squad, (Knopf). The two finalists were The Privileges by Jonathan Dee (Random House) and The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead Books). Absent from the list is Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, which is often mentioned in the same breath as Egan’s book (The Guardian recently pointed out that the two books share similar themes). In the introduction to a recent interview, Entertainment Weekly writes,

Unlike Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, which had years’ worth of hype before it sold its first copy, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, released last summer, has been a slower-burning literary sensation.

A Visit from the Goon Squad has just been released in paperback. Many libraries are showing heavy reserve ratios.

A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor – (2011-03-22)
ISBN / EAN: 9780307477477 / 9780307477477


AudioGo (formerly BBC AudioBooks); 9780792771746; 8 CD’s; $79.95
Adobe EPUB eBook from OverDrive

In the other book categories, the winners are:


The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, Eric Foner (W. W. Norton)

Audio: Tantor Media; OverDrive WMA Audiobook


Washington: A Life. Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)

Large Type; Thorndike; 9781410431172
Audio: Books on Tape and Playaway


The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)

Audio: Tantor Media


The Best of It: New and Selected Poems,  Kay Ryan (Grove Press)

2 Responses to “VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD Wins Pulitzer”

  1. AudioGO Says:

    So excited about Egan’s win! We’re also selling the trade audio CD at a special price of only $14.98 on our website right now. There’s a coupon code with sale at this link:

  2. Patti's Pages Says:

    Congrats to Jennifer Egan. Her novel was definitely a wild ride, intricately woven, and deserving of the award.