A Visit from the Goon Squad: A Critical Casebook

Welcome to our critical casebook on Jennifer Egan’s category-defying novel/collection A Visit from the Goon Squad. This casebook was crafted by Millikin University students enrolled in Dr. Tony R. Magagna’s English 202: Writing About Literature course during the Fall 2013 semester. Although Goon Squad has garnered a huge fan following and a great deal of critical acclaim since its publication in 2010 (including the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), there has as yet been little published literary scholarship dedicated to the novel. Thus, the students whose work is collected here have put together this casebook as an effort both to build the scholarly conversation on A Visit from the Goon Squad, and to showcase their own original critical contributions to the field of literary scholarship. By exploring this website, we hope that you will learn more about this incredible novel and the varied perspectives and themes that it confronts. Continue Reading

Contributors + Essays

Learn about the people who compiled all the information on this site and wrote the critical essays.

About Jennifer Egan

Learn about the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad and find some other online resources about Jennifer and the novel.

Annotated Playlists

Learn about all the rock bands, songs, and albums mentioned in the novel.


Chapter Timeline

A timeline of the novel compared to a timeline of real world events that are mentioned or impact the stories.

Key Characters

Learn about all of the major characters in the novel.

General Annotations

Learn about the many non-music references in the novel.