Today marks the release of The Candy House, the highly anticipated "sibling novel" to Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. And with the crush of critical acclaim that has preceded its release, we're just glad it's finally here.
In a BookPage roundup of the most highly anticipated fiction of 2022, The Candy House held a prominent spot: "Coming to readers more than a decade after Goon Squad, The Candy House is the story of a brilliant man and his unique creation called 'Own Your Unconscious,' which is technology that allows you to access all your memories—and share your memories with others. We’re intrigued," the review read. Now that the wait is over, it's time to grab yourself a copy and settle in for the ride.
"The Candy House is a trim 334 pages, but it has a dwarf-star density. Inside, 15 or 20 other novels are trying to climb out. The chapters are short; the tone is aphoristic; the eye for cultural and social detail is Tom Wolf–Like." —from Dwight Garner's New York Times review
The Candy House is an apt title for a book that is filled with literary treats—dozens of intertwined stories filled with complex connections, liberties of time and space, and surprising weavings that may leave you in the end feeling a little dizzy—but in a good way, like you've just stepped off a roller coaster.
Bold, brilliant, and deeply moving, this book begs to be read. You may find that after sampling a page or two it magically settles at the top of your bedside stack of must-read novels. Don't bother resisting. You'll be glad you didn't.