"One day last April, Jennifer Egan found out that her fourth novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, had won the Pulitzer Prize. A couple of days later, she got more good news HBO wanted to turn the book into a television series.

Novelists have long lusted after movie adaptations. Its extra income, says Egan, whos seen one of her previous books become a movie and another get stuck in development. Recently, however, authors have found themselves pursued less by Hollywood than by HBO."