This is the first book by Jennifer Egan that I have read. I can’t remember now why I bought it – I think I had read a good review somewhere.

I thought it was only OK. It lacks universal appeal; it might wring some wry smiles from young professionals but I didn’t find the characters engrossing at a human level. It is basically about how time changes people: “time is a goon”.

It is cleverly written – by no means a bad book. It just didn’t grab me.