The Jess Lomas Book Club: A Visit From The Goon Squad

The Jess Lomas Book Club: A Visit From The Goon Squad


*A weekly feature in which literary connoisseur Jess Lomas examines the upcoming book-to-film adaptations worth keeping an eye on!*

With the Easter/ANZAC super long weekend over, we hope you’ve all made a sizeable dent in your ‘To Read’ piles.

This week we’ll have a quick look at the latest novel to win the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad. While not headed to the big screen, Deadline reported last week that HBO had picked up the exclusive series rights.

Egan had cited HBO favourite The Sopranos as her inspiration and now her novel is set to become a TV series for the same network. It’s not her first work to be translated to the screen however, with her 1995 novel The Invisible Circus adapted into a film starring Cameron Diaz, and her novel The Keep being optioned by CBS Films, with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Niels Arden Oplev attached to direct.

Goon Squad, set in San Francisco in the 1980s, focuses on a group of characters in the punk rock scene. Over the course of 30 years their lives change dramatically, as does the technology around them. The book was described by the Pulitzer committee as “an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.”

While the treatment sounds intriguing for a series, some details about the style of the book do put me off reading it. One chapter is apparently written in the style of a PowerPoint presentation, told from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl about famous rock songs that have pauses in the middle. Another chapter focuses on babies downloading music via touch screen computers.

This certainly sounds like something a little different, and with constant praise being heaped upon it perhaps you might like to seek it out, or, if you’re like me, you might just wait to watch the show.

Discuss: Looking forward to checking this one out?

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