The Candy House

A Novel

    • 4.1 • 317 Ratings
    • $14.99
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Publisher Description

* Named a Top Ten Best Book of 2022 by The New York Times Book Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Slate * Named a Best Book of 2022 by The New Yorker, NPR, Oprah Daily, Time, Harper's Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Vogue, and many more! *

“A compelling read that showcases Egan’s masterful storytelling.” —Time
“Dazzling.” —Vogue
“Radiant, exhilarating.” —Slate
“Mesmerizing…A thought-provoking examination of how and why we change.” —People


From one of the most celebrated writers of our time comes an “inventive, effervescent” (Oprah Daily) novel about the memory and quest for authenticity and human connection.


The Candy House opens with the staggeringly brilliant Bix Bouton, whose company, Mandala, is so successful that he is “one of those tech demi-gods with whom we’re all on a first name basis.” Bix is forty, with four kids, restless, and desperate for a new idea, when he stumbles into a conversation group, mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or “externalizing” memory. Within a decade, Bix’s new technology, “Own Your Unconscious”—which allows you access to every memory you’ve ever had, and to share your memories in exchange for access to the memories of others—has seduced multitudes.

In the world of Egan’s spectacular imagination, there are “counters” who track and exploit desires and there are “eluders,” those who understand the price of taking a bite of the Candy House. Egan introduces these characters in an astonishing array of narrative styles—from omniscient to first person plural to a duet of voices, an epistolary chapter, and a chapter of tweets. Intellectually dazzling, The Candy House is also a moving testament to the tenacity and transcendence of human longing for connection, family, privacy, and love.

“A beautiful exploration of loss, memory, and history” (San Francisco Chronicle), “this is minimalist maximalism. It’s as if Egan compressed a big 19th-century novel onto a flash drive” (The New York Times).

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2022
April 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribner
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
7.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Hoffylou ,

Enjoy the Ride

To be fair, I'm a fan of Jennifer Egan's writing. That said, The Candy House may confuse many because there are many characters. Each chapter is a short story with alternating timelines and overlapping characters. Touted as a follow up to Welcome to the Goon Squad, you don't necessarily have to read that book to appreciate this one. What was so striking to me -beyond the commentary of social media and allowing technology to invade our thoughts - was Egan's ability to write about everyday people and the absurd, frightening future she envisions. A work of genius that will not be for everyone. Strap yourself in. Enjoy the ride.

Lea5323 ,

Incredible

If you loved Goon Squad you will not be disappointed. This book consumed me for a week. I wanted to do nothing else. I need to go back and read both books in order now. I’m blown away.

burned by a pretty face ,

Trying very hard to be clever FAIL

3/4 in and still waiting for any character and/or plot development. At least one full chapter is unreadable and, frankly, exhausted my patience to the point of annoyance.
Maybe the final 150 pages will redeem it but I’m not optimistic.
Finished it.
I was right.

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