By Jennifer Egan
'Close your eyes and slowly count number backward from ten.'
America, the close to destiny. a tender secret agent on a venture logs her observations. the result's an severe mystery, and a minute dissection of the adventure of a lady whose attractiveness is usually her camouflage, for whom keep an eye on is dependent upon submission: a lady whose luck - whose existence - will depend on being noticeable and never seen.
Originally released on-line through Twitter via @NYerFiction, Jennifer Egan's first new fiction because the exceptional good fortune of A stopover at From the Goon Squad is a taut, compulsive paintings of unrelenting genius.
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