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QA: Dialogue Series: Jennifer Egan on How to Create Your Own Rules

What shapes a novel beyond its beginning, middle, and end? Does structure trigger narrative? Author of 2011’s genre-defying, A Visit From The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan has said of her process, “I don’t know what I’m doing. That’s the price you pay for doing something different every time.” In the second installment of our Dialogue Series, “What to Do With Literature,” the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer explores the role of structure in writing and reading, sharing her perspective on the “rules” and her process in bending them.

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