Spotlight: Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House, Apr. 2022, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

New fiction from the Pulitzer Prize winner. 

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Egan, Jennifer. The Candy House. Scribner. Apr. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781476716763. $27. LITERARY

In 2010, genius techie Bix Bouton has his own company but is searching for a surefire new idea when he learns about a Columbia professor who’s experimenting with downloading, or “externalizing,” memory. Flash forward a decade, and Bix’s new technology, Own Your Unconscious, allows users to access all their own memories and share them with others. In the spliced-narrative structure that characterized her Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit from the Goon Squad, Egan shows readers what the consequences of such technology might be as she takes us from character to character, who mostly boldly embrace Own Your Unconscious but sometimes reject it. What results is an exploration of what connection really means. With a 250,000-copy first printing.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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