A Visit from the Goon Squad: Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize Winning Book Comes to Westchester, NY
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan brings the Goon Squad to Westchester
By Marisa LaScala
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OK, the country clubs, the monochromatic towels at the pool, the SUVs in the parking lot, the chilly receptions in the locker room: I know they all exist here. But my life in Westchester has never really included a country club, so I can’t say these descriptions really spoke to me.
But there was a part that I thought Egan nailed the whole experience of living here. It happens when Bennie takes his son, Chris, to the barber: “Stu walked Bennie over to Chris in the chair and parted his hair to reveal some tan little creatures the size of poppy seeds moving around on his scalp. Bennie felt himself grow faint. ‘Lice’ the barber whispered. ‘They get it at school.’ ‘But he goes to private school,’ Bernie had blurted. ‘In Crandale, New York!’ ” Yup, that’s local entitlement, all right!
If you want to hear more about Egan’s vision of Westchester, you’re in luck. She’ll be in town on June 29 at Manhattanville College. (She’s there as a faculty member for the college’s Summer Writers’ Week, and she’ll give an open-to-the-public reading that night. The reading is free; R.S.V.P. to Karen Sirabian, Director of Manhattanville College’s Master of Arts in Writing Program (914-323-5239, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ask some thoughtful questions — and let Egan know we’re not all cold country-club snobs.
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