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Jennifer Egan‘s debut novel, The Invisible Circus, concerns a 1970s UC- Berkeley student, Phoebe, whose sister committed suicide in Italy a decade earlier. Using decade-old postcards, Phoebe painstakingly retraces her sibling’s fateful steps across Western Europe, but can never capture the sense of wonderment her idealistic sister professed to feel; Egan examines the ways a family member’s intentional death can impact and inhibit survivors. The author reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (NodB)