The Discomfort Zone

A Personal History

By Jonathan Franzen
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312426408, 195pp.)

Publication Date: August 21, 2007

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A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year "The Discomfort Zone" is Jonathan Franzen's tale of growing up, squirming in his own uber-sensitive skin, from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person," into an adult with strong inconvenient passions. Whether he's writing about the explosive dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the 1970s, the effects of Kafka's fiction on his protracted quest to lose his virginity, or the web of connections between bird watching, his all-consuming marriage, and the problem of global warming, Franzen is always feelingly engaged with the world we live in now. "The Discomfort Zone" is a wise, funny, and gorgeously written self-portrait by one of America's finest writers.

About the Author
Jonathan Franzen is a National Book Award and James Tait Black Memorial Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
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