This is one of the most recommended books by Ezra Klein Show guests, so I picked it up. Overall, I thought it was great. Its central theme is growing old about being ‘beaten up’ by time. The book follows a number of characters, some over decades, and I loved when Egan smashed some character’s hopeful, expanding youth by neighbouring it on the page with their horrible future. I remember her detailing the personality and circumstances of a ~14 year old girl, and then right after offering a paragraph describing the tragedy of their 30s. It hit appropriately hard.
The prose is great. The characters and their rock music subculture are great. Really solid book.