Best fiction books of 2010
In Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad," the gangster stalking the half-dozen characters scattered throughout this elliptical work doesn't carry a gun, but rather a clock. Time and its inconsolable taxations plays a role in each story. Whether it's a record executive attempting to recover the panache of his youth, or his children thinking back on a family vacation when things were sunnier. Egan is such a crisp, funny writer, and so good at evoking the musical world in which her characters live, you don't realize the seriousness of her melody until it's stopped.