Short Story Look In — Great Rock and Roll Pauses by Jennifer Egan

Sarah Thomas
3 min readJun 5, 2022
Photo by on Unsplash

Hi there. I’m a creative writer focusing on writing a collection of short stories. I’m reading and looking into different stories as part of that mission.

Each week I’ll craft a brief article about a short story I enjoy, looking at three elements that writers can apply to new writing.

The Great Rock and Roll Pauses by Jennifer Egan

Synopsis: A teenager explores her family’s behaviour and the meanings behind their actions on a PowerPoint slide.

Story Home: A Visit From The Good Squad — or here on the author’s website.

The Writer

Jennifer Egan is an award-winning short story writer and novelist. Her novel/short story collection, A Visit From the Good Squad, scooped the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. She’s just released a follow up to this, The Candy House, so you can find a lot of interview content online. Here’s a writerly chat about her process and a later interview specifically about her follow up novel.

For those reluctant to say goodbye to a short story character, Jennifer’s work offers hope that they don’t have to be tucked away after just one story.

1. The Character and POV



Sarah Thomas

Storyteller, ex playwright (produced), award winning screenwriter, always writing. Creating story-based content for businesses. Based in Aberdeen.