She follows her sister's path through Europe based on the postcards Faith sent home from London, Belgium, Paris, Germany and Italy. The Invisible Circus is not a new Egan book, but rather a re-issue of her debut novel, first published in 1995. Phoebe has just finished high school and sets out on an impromptu quest to find out more about how her sister died. Not the political side as much as the freedom and adventure! Signed by the author on the title page. Berkeley to go traipsing around Europe in an attempt to retrace the footsteps of my crazybeautiful older sister who's untimely suicide from an Italian sightseeing spot served as the catalyst for my burgeoning maturity and stuff.
Invisible Circus was made into a film that starred Jordana Brewster and Cameron Diaz. It's a story about love and loss, about growing up and about all those significant things in life. The first novel by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of a Visit from the Goon Squad. And when Faith's old lover joins Phoebe to retrace those last days in Italy, Phoebe glimpses the human price that her sister paid in following her uncompromising quest for personal liberation. I stared long and hard at her beautiful, poetic words but her main character bugged me a lot. In seeing what her sister saw during the last months of her life, Phoebe hopes to understand why it happened — or at least find peace. The Pulitzer Prize is always one of the more random of literary prizes but Egan's book was fresh and entertaining, and while a bit tricksy in format, carried it off well.
Phoebe ponders desperately what became of the idealistic hippies her sister Faith hung out with and eventually left the country with before committing suicide on the cusp of a new decade, in 1970. But it doesn't and while I can understand the urge to re-issue her earlier works, it pales besides A Visit from the Goon Squad. I am obsessed with the idea of letting go and experiencing life. When she was about 10, her father died of leukemia; her older sister Faith became a political radical, left for Europe with her boyfriend Wolf, and commits suicide in Portugal a year later. And marvelous for a first novel! Instead, I found it dull, predictable, and irritating. Until this moment she had never truly believed it.
This spellbinding novel introduced Egan's remarkable ability to tie suspense with deeply insightful characters and the nuances of emotion. Clearly haunted by the loss of her sister, and to a lesser extent her father, the scene was set for a terrific story to develop. It's about sisters and the tug of war between past and present. It circumnavigates the globe and transcends time, taking its young heroine from San Francisco to the mounta Pat Conroy is quoted as having said about Egan's precocious debut that 'if there were any justice in the world, no one would be allowed to write a first novel of such beauty and accomplishment. To Jennifer Egan: please write more. Just send us an and we'll put the best up on the site.
There is little more dull than reading of characters' dreams in books but reading of characters' drug trips is one of those things. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Phoebe suffers a recognisable feeling of invisibility, of arriving at the party too late a sensation established with concrete literalism in the opening scene in which, thanks to a misprinted poster, she shows up to a music festival that's already finished. It seems unlikely that an old friend of Faith's would run into Phoebe, recognize her because of her resemblance to her sister , invite her to his apartment, talk about her sister, and then hand her a joint to deliver to his cousin in Munich. On the other hand, Egan does some fine writing.
Newly graduated Phoebe is feeling restless at home in San Francisco after discovering that her widowed mother is romantically involved with her boss. The words Uncorrected Proof are underlined in red ink on back of book and there is a small ink mark in upper right corner of front free endpaper as well as the word Proof written at top of same page, otherwise Fine. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Jennifer Egan. I was glad to have been recommended this book, and even more so in that my friend warned me about the book having something of a rocky start. Ten years later, Phoebe crosses the Atlantic, her itinerary mapped by Faith's falsely optimistic postcards, to learn how and why Faith died. The problem is, Faith committed suicide in Italy.
Is this supposed to be a nod to the excesses of the Sixties? Lost and confused in 1977 post , this headstrong played by decides to unravel the mystery of her sister's in. Yet, despite being so affecting, Egan rarely strays into sentimentality. Her first book shows this talent to great effect, the first part of the book is a brilliantly sad exploration of families and the best of intentions going awry. Descriptions of Amsterdam and London are so accurate they are almost tactile, and Phoebe's disappointment in finding that things are no longer quite so groovy as they used to be anywhere in the world is convincing. The protagonist, a teenager living in San Fran in the early 70s, has lived her entire life in the shadow of her flower-child older sister, who has long been dead due to mysterious circumstances.
The book tells the story of 18-yr old Phoebe, who is having a little trouble finding a path through life until she suddenly decides to travel to Europe to visit all of the spots that her older sister Faith visited ten years earlier. In her desperate search for answers, Phoebe is forced to face the past, as well as disturbing truths about her own future. At least some of my lukewarm feelings about the book come from the let down from the genuinely fantastic opening to the book. Set in the late 1970s it explores the differences in value of the previous generation but after a stunning opening, rather loses its punch and charm. While re-issuing early novels from prize winners makes sound commercial sense, the question remains as to whether the book merits this.
The prose was fine but not beautiful, and the story just didn't land for me. Our thanks to the kind people at Corsair for sending us this book. I loved the overall feeling of living in the world during a time of great change, but not being able to identify just what it is that is happening even though you still want to be a part of it. The story itself often makes me feel like I am swimming in words. Phoebe is a character you feel a great deal of sympathy for, and her sister Faith flits in and out of the narrative, an adventuresome sprite you as the reader yearn to know more about. Eventually, she escapes to Europe to find out and along the way finds herself on a journey not just to discovery of her sister's true identity but also of her own.