Freedom

By Jonathan Franzen
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312576462, 608pp.)

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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“Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections is considered by many to be the best work of fiction produced in the last decade. Now Franzen has written Freedom, and it is as rich and rewarding as anything he has ever done. The characters are fully realized, the backdrop is perfectly captured, and the story is playful and sad, as heartbreaking as it is hopeful. Readers love Franzen because they know, and often are, the people he writes about, and are able to gain further access and insight into what it means to be human by spending time with the people and places he describes. Franzen does what so many writers fail to do -- he brings his stories to life and allows us to live within them.”
-- Kester Smith, Book People, Austin, TX
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2010 Indie Next List
“Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections is considered by many to be the best work of fiction produced in the last decade. Fans of Franzen's were provided a collection of essays in 2002 and a memoir in 2006, but waited expectantly for his next novel, hoping that it might provide the same humor, pain, and pathos as his previous novel had. Now, nine years later, Franzen has written Freedom, and it is as rich and rewarding as anything he has ever written; the characters are fully realized, the backdrop is perfectly captured, and the story is playful and sad, as heartbreaking as it is hopeful. Readers love Franzen because they know, and often are, the people he writes about, and are able to gain further access and insight into what it means to be human by spending time with the people and places he describes. Franzen does what so many writers fail to do, he brings his stories to life and allows us to live within them, if only for awhile.”
-- Kester Smith, Book People Bookstore, Austin, TX


Description

#1 National Bestseller

Winner of the John Gardner Fiction Award

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

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 Walter and Patty Berglund 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.




About the Author

Jonathan Franzen is the author of three novels—The Corrections, The Twenty-Seventh City, and Strong Motion—and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.




NPR
Friday, Sep 30, 2011

Jonathan Franzen's novel Freedom was called "a masterpiece" by Time Magazine and received rave reviews from critics. Franzen talks about the runaway success of his previous novel The Corrections, and the strong reaction elicited by Freedom. More at NPR.org

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Friday, Sep 30, 2011

Why all the adulatory attention, critics ask, for Jonathan Franzen's latest domestic drama about marriage and family? Even though Franzen gets more praise for doing what many fine female writers do "backwards and in heels," critic Maureen Corrigan says Freedom has earned its accolades. More at NPR.org

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Saturday, Sep 4, 2010

Jonathan Franzen's new novel, Freedom, is being called a "masterpiece of American fiction." He was recently on the cover of Time magazine -- the first living author on its cover in more than a decade. Next weekend, Franzen will join us to talk about Freedom, the story of a contemporary American family in St. Paul, Minn. More at NPR.org

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Monday, Aug 30, 2010

Jonathan Franzen's new novel, Freedom, doesn't come out until Tuesday but The New York Times has already declared it a "masterpiece" and Time magazine has dubbed Franzen a "Great American Novelist." The book has gotten so much attention in the media that it's led to accusations of both gender and genre bias among the literary elite. More at NPR.org

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Praise For Freedom

“A masterpiece of American fiction.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Mr. Franzen has written his most deeply felt novel yet—a novel that turns out to be both a compelling biography of a dysfunctional family and an indelible portrait of our times.” —The New York Times

“A work of total genius.” —New York Magazine

“The Great American Novel.” —Esquire

“One of the best living American novelists.” —Time

“Epic.” —Vanity Fair

“Hugely ambitious . . . Freedom is very, very good.” —USA Today

“Brilliant . . . Epic . . . An extraordinary stylist.” —The Washington Post

“A surprisingly moving and even hopeful epic.” NPR

“Sweeping and powerful.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Consuming and extraordinarily moving.” —Los Angeles Times

“Immense and unforgettable.” —Chicago Tribune

“Devastatingly insightful.” —The Miami Herald

“A page turner that engages the mind.” —Newsday

“It’s refreshing to see a novelist who wants to engage the questions of our time in the tradition of 20th-century greats like John Steinbeck and Sinclair Lewis . . . [This] is a book you’ll still be thinking about long after you’ve finished reading it.” —Associated Press

“Deeply moving and superbly crafted . . . It’s such a full novel, rich in description, broad in its reach and full of wry observations.” —Pittsburg Post-Gazette

“His writing is so gorgeous . . . Franzen is one of those exceptional writers whose works define an era and a generation, and his books demand to be read.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A tour de force . . . one of the finest novelists of his generation.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A highly readable triumph of conventional realism . . . Addictive.” —The National

“The first Great American Novel of the post-Obama era.” —Telegraph (UK)

“A literary genius . . . This is simply on a different plane from other contemporary fiction . . . Freedom is the novel of the year, and the century.” —The Guardian (UK)

“A triumph . . . A pleasure to read.” —The New York Observer

“Exhilarating . . . Gripping . . . Moving . . . On a level with The Great Gatsby [and] Gone With the Wind.” —Bloomberg

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