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FreedomFreedom (Reprint) (Paperback) by Jonathan Franzen

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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.

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul- the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter, environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man, she was doing her small part to build a better world.

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' 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 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.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 597
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: War + Military, Literary
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador USA
Author: Jonathan Franzen
Language: English
Street Date: September 27, 2011
TCIN: 13611000
UPC: 490590436547
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3654

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