Watch: Pulitzer Prize-Winner Jennifer Egan Talks Goon Squad

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Jennifer Egan just took home a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. But first, she spoke with us.

Egan talked to TIME’s Nathan Thornburgh, who, as it turns out, went to the same high school as Egan — the school she mentions in the book, which was named one of TIME’s best novels of 2010. The book is a combination of a long-form novel and a collection of short stories, and follows the story of a music producer and his assistant.

In their conversation, Egan talks about the line between her fiction and nonfiction writing, portraying parenthood and how her next project will be a creative stretch.

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