But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz—outré rocker and Walter’s college best friend and rival—still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become “a very different kind of neighbor,” an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street’s attentive eyes?
In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom’s intensely realized characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.
Jonathan Franzen follows up his sensational 2001 novel THE CORRECTIONS with the equally hefty, equally rich in characterization, and equally thought-provoking FREEDOM. At the heart of Franzen's book is the story of Patty and Walter Berglund, who at first seem to be the perfect, liberal parents. Educated and conscientious, they contribute to their community and raise two intelligent children. But gradually and with the depth of meaning that few could rival, Franzen begins to tear and tatter their story-book world. As Franzen's tale of the contemporary crisis spreads out addressing gentrification and the business of the Iraq war, readers meet the friends, the neighbors, and the lovers of this complicated and 100 21st-century American couple. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2010 and by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 10 Book.
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- War + Military, Stages of Life, Settings, Family + Friendship, Society + Social Issues, Love + Relationships + Sex, Literary
- August 31, 2010
- August 31, 2010
- Jonathan Franzen