'A forceful, wonderfully fragmented novel of a terrifyingly possible future, as intellectually rigorous as it is formally impressive, and yet another monumental work from Egan'
A staggering story in concept and thrilling in delivery
'A thrilling, endlessly stimulating work that demands to be read and reread'
[An] inventive, intelligent novel... rooted in human stories
Tech guru Bix Bouton creates 'Own Your Unconscious,' a technology that allows users to access and share every memory they've ever had. It's a concept so killer, it's hard to believe such technology doesn't already exist
At its best it reads as if AM Homes, George Saunders and David Foster Wallace took turns in rewriting Middlemarch for our modern age. It's full of melancholic commentary about the human need for redemption, reinvention and reconciliation.
[A] colourful tale packed with poignancy... Egan has produced a powerful satire of social media culture while telling a deeply intimate story about family
A mind-bending book full of techies and artists and savvy entrepreneurs...Just as you're in deep with one story, another unfolds in what is a true box of candy of a book
This novel is a triumphant exploration of analogue versus digital, surveillance versus freedom, literature versus technology. Egan's virtuosity in style and form allows her to reflect life online, her characters changing with the fluidity of a status update
'Playfully twists various narratives into a series of compelling interconnected vignettes, featuring many of the same characters from her award-laden 2010 novel. Ever the consummate storyteller and with a deft and powerful sense of characterisation, Egan is sure to have struck gold once more'
The Candy House is a bold, eclectic novel about the darker sides of the digital age. It's quietly captivating
'A complex, compelling read that showcases Egan's masterful storytelling'
It may be the smartest novel you've read all year
Just as innovative, wise, funny and confounding as its predecessor.
'A fast-paced polyvoiced romp through America in the grip of a sinister tech that allows others into your mind. EEK! Includes a dazzling novella Egan wrote'
You don't have to read A Visit From the Goon Squad to love this sibling novel to Egan's stellar hit...complex and intimate
'Intellectually dazzling and extraordinarily moving . . . Egan's writing - as always - is flawless, offering plenty to think about'
At the level of the sentence, The Candy House zings
Intellectual, philosophical, empathetic, moving - The Candy House further cements Egan's iconic status in contemporary literature
Playful... By means probably even they cannot explain, novelists loot the experiences of others and distribute them equably with no reference to fancy uploading machines. And no one writing now does it more generously than Egan. I hope she wins another Pulitzer.
This novel is a triumphant exploration of analogue versus digital, surveillance versus freedom, literature versus technology
Poignant and entertaining
a collection of exceptionally clever, sometimes funny short stories
Inventive, effervescent...Egan plaits multiple narratives and techniques to underscore the manifold ways our own desires betray us in a brave new coded world
A dazzling feat of literary construction that belies the profound questions at its core: Does technology aid our sense of narrative or obscure it?
Very funny, penetrating, and impactful
'Egan returns to the fertile territory and characters of A Visit from the Goon Squad with an electrifying and shape-shifting story that one-ups its Pulitzer-winning predecessor'
Haunting and often hilarious...a wondrous, riotously inventive work of speculative fiction
Egan is one of the few names that, when linked with the expression 'novel of ideas', makes the heart sing rather than sink
Part social-media satire, part treatise on nostalgia and ownership of experience, The Candy House is experimental and intriguing, with each chapter often vastly different from the last... The Candy House is a tour-de-force, an exceptional book...bold and inventive...stunning
The Candy House is just as compelling as its predecessor... some brilliantly executed scenes
[The Candy House] does what only the best and rarest books can: peel back the thin membrane of ordinary life, and find transcendence on the other side
'Humming with a sustained brio, The Candy House is especially rewarding on a micro level. Even post-BLM, Egan felt free to write from the perspective of a black character, as she should feel free, and she's apt to get away with it, too. The chapter narrated by an autistic character is convincing. Egan is particularly good at evoking the insecure teenage girl. The writing is stylish: "a man of so few words that the occasional word he did utter had the cleaving finality of an ax splitting a log". The novel is spirited, playful, sometimes incisive. So who cares if I can't remember anyone's name'
A Time Magazine Must-Read
'Egan is skilful, even masterful, at writing in a variety of styles and formats to suit each character's voice, making the book that much more real and that much more affecting'
'Fans of A Visit from the Goon Squad will not want to miss this new novel'
International Literature Festival Dublin
Merrion Square Park: The Synge
25th May 2022 6:00 pm - 25th May 2022
Jennifer Egan to discuss The Candy House in a hybrid event at Merrion Square Park in association with the Embassy of the United States of America in Dublin.
Event at Mr B's Emporium in Bath
Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath
26th May 2022 7:00 pm - 26th May 2022
The Candy House Event at Mr B's Emporium in Bath - author interview, glass of wine and 15% discount on all books in the shop.
Jennifer Egan Live on Stage in London with how to Academy
The Conduit, London
27th May 2022 7:15 pm
Jennifer Egan Live on Stage in London, In Conversation with Hannah MacInnes at The Conduit, London with how to Academy
Hay Festival Event
28th May 2022 2:30 pm - 28th May 2022
Jennifer Egan talks to John Mitchinson on the Starlight Stage at Hay Festival. Signing to follow.
BBC Radio 4 Start the Week at Hay Festival
Hay Festival Marquee
29th May 2022 10:00 am - 29th May 2022
BBC Radio 4: Start the Week at Hay Festival with Damon Galgut and Margo Jefferson in conversation with Helen Lewis at the Marquee. Radio recording with audience.