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Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Good Squad.

From one of the most dazzling and iconic writers of our time comes an electrifying, deeply moving novel about the quest for authenticity, privacy and meaning in a world where our memories are no longer our own—featuring characters from A Visit from the Goon Squad.

It's 2010. Staggeringly successful and brilliant tech entrepreneur Bix Bouton is desperate for a new idea. He's 40, with four kids, and restless when he stumbles into a conversation with mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or 'externalising' memory. Within a decade, Bix's new technology, Own Your Unconscious—that allows you access to every memory you've ever had, and to share every memory in exchange for access to the memories of others—has seduced multitudes. But not everyone.

In spellbinding linked narratives, Egan spins out the consequences of Own Your Unconscious through the lives of multiple characters whose paths intersect over several decades. Intellectually dazzling and extraordinarily moving, The Candy House is a bold, brilliant imagining of a world that is moments away. With a focus on social media, gaming and alternate worlds, you can almost experience moving among dimensions in a role-playing game. Egan takes her 'deeply intuitive forays into the darker aspects of our technology-driven, image-saturated culture' (Vogue) to stunning new heights and delivers a fierce and exhilarating testament to the tenacity and transcendence of human longing for real connection, love, family, privacy and redemption.

©2022 Jennifer Egan (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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"Deeply intuitive forays into the darker aspects of our technology-driven, image-saturated culture." (Vogue)

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A bit confusing

This was selected by my book club, It seemed like it was multiple stories with a very thin line running between them….left a bit confused!

However performances were great loved the multiple narrators

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  • Alexander Svishchenkov
  • 23-04-22

A quest for human connection around technology

"The Candy House" (8/10) is a science fiction novel by Jennifer Egan. It is a set of interconnected stories of different characters, who are related to the main protagonists of a companion novel, "A Visit From a Goon Squad" (9/10). The stories are moving, especially of those who desperately need love and wreck their lives as a result of not having enough of it.
This book is about family, how to be it's part no matter who you are. Also it's about new technology that brings back memories and allows to relive them at a price of sharing your memories online. The past cannot be changed, however. Everyone pays for their own choices in life, but there is always hope for the future.
The audiobook narration is fantastic. Chapters are voiced by different actors, who match the characters well.