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On the Web Tue Apr 05 2011

Goon Squad Wins ToB

Chicago-born Jennifer Egan won the Tournament of Books over at The Morning News with A Visit from the Goon Squad. Her competitor in the last round? None other than Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. If you're interested in learning more about the book, this review in the Guardian provides a nice summary and, if you head over to the New Yorker's Book Bench, you can read some quotes from the author's recent reading, dinner, and discussion appearance as part of the "Eat, Drink, and Be Literary" series.

Says ToB judge Michele Filgate on her vote for Egan: "There's no comparison. Egan's novel is innovative and playful, while simultaneously smart and captivating. I was fascinated by the way she played around with point of view. While Franzen wrote a somewhat predictable though solid novel, Egan wins for her vibrant prose and style."

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