Cover Story

During my enthusiasm for Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad, I off-handedly mentioned that I didn’t care for the cover, largely because I felt like it didn’t reflect the book at all (it’s a perfectly serviceable bit of design). The re-design for the paperback, out March 22, is much better, in my opinion, but neither is as good as the cover for the UK edition which has a sense of whimsy—very present in the book—that the other two lack.

As always, your mileage may vary. I’d love to hear what other people think. If you’ve read the book, which one looks like the book you read, and if you haven’t which one makes you want to give it a go?

Added bonus: Here is a playlist compiled by Egan herself to accompany the novel.


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4 Responses to Cover Story

  1. Ash says:

    I was totally disinterested in this book until I heard how enthusiastic you were on the podcast. Definitely because of the cover. It looks like it's about teenage rock musician!

    • comment // mb says:

      I still haven't read it, but last night yet again a friend told me how great it was. Let us know when you get to it.

  2. jentwist27 says:

    Frankly I don't think any of the 3 covers does it justice (and unfortunately I'm a shallow 'judge-a-book-by-its-cover' girl). Even worse is the title. Is "time is a goon" an actual expression?!? Why make up something so awkward to justify a bad title? All that aside – I love this book!

  3. seeemell says:

    I agree with the comment that the title is worse. The combination of the two makes it look like it's a book about a band called the Goon Squad.

    I will definitely pick this up at some point- thanks for the head's-up about the e-book formatting in the presentation section, thanks to that I will make sure to grab it in traditional form!