Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago and grew up in San Francisco. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, GQ, Ploughshares, and elsewhere, and she writes frequently for the New York Times Magazine. Author of a short story collection entitled Emerald City, she lives in New York City.
The high ideals and inevitable compromises of the 1960s form the background to this acclaimed novel. Phoebe O'Connor, eighteen years old in the summer of 1978, is too young to know the 1960s, but old enough to feel the anxiety of their influence. She is obsessed by the memory of her charismatic older sister, Faith, a flower child who died in Italy in 1970. Searching for the truth about Faith's death and life, Phoebe retraces her steps across Europe to the very place where she died. Her search yields more complex and disturbing revelations than she had wished for--about her sister and the generation she emblematized.
"If there were justice in this world, no one would be allowed to write a first novel of such beauty and accomplishment."--Pat Conroy
"Wonderful...words glide through her fingers and enter the pores like cool San Francisco fog."--Kim Bendheim, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Mesmerizing...told with great assurance and power...Ms. Egan portrays the sisters with a quiet, heartbreaking clarity."--Alice Truax, The New York Times Book Review
"Brilliant in its authenticity and overwhelming passion."--Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, Boston Globe Books