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Jennifer Egan on the dangers of 'The Candy House'

Jennifer Egan is the author of "The Candy House."
Pieter M Van Hattem
courtesy Avid Reader Press
Jennifer Egan is the author of "The Candy House."

Jennifer Egan’s latest novel, The Candy House, is a companion piece to her 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, but there really isn’t much readers need to know before picking up this new title.

Egan imagines a world where technology can capture and preserve memories, making them accessible to almost anyone.

I spoke with Egan about the implications of such a world, as well as her fascination with fiction and her inspirations.

Here’s our conversation.


The Candy House by Jennifer Egan was published by Scribner.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.