In “A Visit From the Goon Squad” Egan’s narrative structure is nonlinear, with different perspectives, that allows the reader’s view and opinion of the characters to change. Sasha is one of the main characters in which the reader’s judgment changes.
Sasha is introduced to the reader in the first chapter, Found Objects. She is seen as a desperate girl who sees stealing as a way to “accept the challenge [of life]... [and] live dangerously” because it gives her a thrill. This thrill makes Sasha feel young again and urges her to steal more and more, like a drug. The reader sees this cycle as pitiful and sees Sasha as a selfish and pathetic woman, who is desperate to go back to the past to be young again.
In chapter 12, Good Rock and Roll Pauses, the reader sees Sasha from the perspective of her daughter. Her daughter shows the reader a new view of Sasha, the caring and responsible mother. Alison explains how Sasha is the one who is taking care of her and Lincoln which allows the reader to see how responsible Sasha has become. Also, Alison explains how Sasha truly understands Lincoln and his pauses. She can easily relate to the fact that pauses “make you think [life] will end. And then [life] isn’t really over, so you are relieved. But then [life] does actually end, because every [life] ends, obviously, and that time the end is for real”, which allows the reader to acknowledge that Sasha has accepted the fact that she is no longer young, and she finally grew up. It is noted that she has accepted the fact that her life will end, but for now she must keep living it in the present, as an older woman.
This shift in judgment is caused because the reader sees Sasha from two points of view, her own and her daughters. These different perspectives allow the reader to realize that Sasha was not who she first appeared to be, a pathetic, desperate woman searching aimlessly for her youth, but is actually a caring and responsible adult who acknowledges and accepts the fact that she will never be young again.