By Jennifer Egan

'Close your eyes and slowly count number backward from ten.'

America, the close to destiny. a tender undercover agent on a challenge logs her observations. the result's an severe mystery, and a minute dissection of the event of a girl whose good looks can also be her camouflage, for whom regulate depends upon submission: a girl whose luck - whose existence - is dependent upon being visible and never seen.

Originally released on-line through Twitter by means of @NYerFiction, Jennifer Egan's first new fiction because the extraordinary good fortune of A stopover at From the Goon Squad is a taut, compulsive paintings of unrelenting genius.

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